United States coach Bruce Arena insists teenage forward Freddy Adu “needs time” before moving to the Premiership.
Chelsea have been linked with a move for the hugely talented 16-year-old, who currently plays for DC United in Major League Soccer, but Arena believes the best thing he could do is stay where he is for now.
Asked whether he could make an impact on the Premiership, Arena said: “Perhaps one day. As I’ve said, he needs time.
“Freddy Adu is 16 years old. He is making good progress. However, the expectations are a little unreal. He needs time to grow both on and off the field of play.”
Arena expressed a desire to one day manage in the Premiership himself, and Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez in particular are an inspiration to the American.
“I admire Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez. They are well-educated, forward thinkers and modern-day managers,” Arena told www.leaguemanagers.co.uk.
“They understand how to prepare teams and are detail-oriented. They understand the value of team spirit and are skilled in psychologically preparing their teams and players.
“I do have aspirations to coach in Europe. I would love to have an opportunity to manage in the Premiership. As with any manager or player, moving to a new club or country requires a period of adjustment. However, I believe with the right club and the right time to adjust, I could be successful.”1