Teams: SPORTING CP & Portugal NT
well, there is already quite a lot about him on other threads of this forum but maybe it helps as an introduction to read this post taken from the Leõezinhos thread. It was posted in the beginning of this pre-season:
“I will grab this chance”
By Ricardo Reis
Translated from O Jogo
At 18, Adrien Silva received the best news of his still short career. He will do the pre-season with the first squad. Meanwhile, because he will have to return to work at the start of July, he is already on holidays. First in Arcos de Valdevez, and afterwards in France where he was born. On his return, he'll think only about doing his best and proving that the opportunity given to him was not in vain.
How did you receive the news that you would be going to do the pre-season with the first squad?
It was Jean Paul, my coach, António Lima, and Paulo Bento who, after the match against Boavista, talked with me and told me about their decision.
How do you face the opportunity of integrating the work of the first squad when you still haven't finished your formation period as a youth player?
It was always my dream to be part of Sporting's squad. It is a great club, and I always had that aim. I know it's a great chance the one I have been given, and I will grab it.
With which spirit will you face that chance?
I know I have the chance of, for example, following the same path of João Moutinho. I'll be with a working spirit, because I want to win my place inside that team. That is my goal, and I will work with that on my mind.
What will be your main problems to adapt to a professional team?
Above all the rhythm of play, but that is nothing that worries me much. I know that, with more or less work, I have the capacity to join my colleagues. Besides I will count with their support. During the last season, I have been called a few times to train with the first squad, where I worked under Paulo Bento. That group is fantastic, and I know that the integration will not be complicated.
Have you always been well received by the older ones?
Yes, always, and by all of them. It was an aspect that helped me a lot, and I didn't even waited for it to be so positive.
Do you feel you're just going to be with the team during the pre-season, or there might be other chances?
It depends a lot from what I will show and from my engagement. For the moment it is a good opportunity for me.
Date of Birth:
15 March 1989 (18 years old)
Place of Birth:
Girondins Bordeaux (France)
Paço de Arcos de Valdevez
Sporting CP (since 2002)
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”