Zelalem on Jonker influence & his VVV-Venlo move


Now that Gedion Zelalem has completed his loan move to Dutch side VVV-Venlo, he’s set the record straight on the awkward ‘interview’ imposed on him by a reporter in the club’s parking lot the other day.

In the video,¬†originally posted by Dutch publication Omroep Venlo, the USA youth international looked less than pleased to be the subject of attention. It now turns out it was for a good reason. Without the paperwork for his move being finalised he wasn’t actually allowed to talk to anybody from the media.

In his first interview with VVV-Venlo’s official site, Zelalem explained: “I’m not that arrogant guy, I’m very happy to be here.

“The cameraman came out of nowhere, so I didn’t really know what to say and I didn’t want to look straight into the camera. I felt awkward just even walking there and being followed by the camera. I’m very happy to be here and very happy to get started.”

Young Gedion also touched on how it is, that he has ended up swapping the Premier League for the Dutch second tier, drawing attention to his desire for game time and the influence of Arsenal Academy head, Andries Jonker.

“Last year, I was on loan at Rangers where I had a great time. We got promoted to the top division there. I went back to Arsenal and then from the beginning of the season until now

“I wasn’t getting a lot of game time because they have a lot of midfielders. There’s top competition with the midfielders they have so I wanted to get first team football because I’ve had it already.

“I wanted more of a taste and hopefully I’ll get promoted here [to the Eredivisie] as well.”

He added: “Andries Jonker, who I’m sure a lot of Dutch football fans know about him, as he was an assistant to Louis van Gaal…he told me I needed to come to a team that has a lot of the ball, that’s maybe top of a league so I can get on the ball and show my talent.

“[He said] I’ll perform better in a lower league rather than an Eredivisie team which wouldn’t be so good for me. I agreed with him, so I came here. I hope to show what I can do.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.

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