Real Madrid star Fede Valverde has revealed he was very close to joining Arsenal as a teenager. The 25-year-old is now classed as one of the best midfielders in the world in Spain, but his journey could have been very different if he ended up in North London ten years ago.
Fede Valverde begun his career in Uruguay with Penarol before joining Real Madrid in 2016 for a fee of £4million. However before his move to Spain, he was close to joining Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
Fede Valverde: “I almost went to Arsenal when I was 16 years old. That may be half true. It’s nothing against Arsenal, but I never wanted to go to England.
“I was sent on trial to London for a week and I just didn’t feel comfortable. If you only think about material things, it sounds great. But we’re not robots.
“The reality was that my family couldn’t come to London with me. I would have to live alone, without speaking the language, at the age of 16. For every child who manages to move abroad, you don’t see the 100 who fail.”
The Uruguayan midfielder decided not to move to North London for personal reasons, as he couldn’t speak the language and would have had to live alone at the age of 16-years-old. It would have been a very difficult adaptation period for him and I think many can understand why he ended up moving to Spain instead.
His choice to join Real Madrid has clearly paid off considering he’s now rated one of the best midfielders in the world at 25-years-old with two La Liga titles, two Spanish Cups and a Champions League winner’s medal to his name.
There’s no doubt Arsenal would have benefitted from Valverde’s quality if the deal did go through. In Mikel Arteta’s current side there’s no doubt the Real Madrid midfielder would do an excellent job in the left centre midfield role if given the chance.