The talented teenager is considered one of Germany’s rising stars after scoring his senior debut against Armenia on Sunday
Several Premier League groups wanted to sign German star Karim Adeyemi before joining Red Bull Salzburg three years ago, the president of his former club confirmed.
Manfred Schwabl says Chelsea were among the team to send scouts to see how Adeyemi is in action for the SpVgg Unterhaching in the fourth division.
Despite the interest, Adeyemi eventually chose to join Salzburg and developed into a rising star in Germany, becoming the first German player born in this millennium to score for the national team when he made his debut. in Sunday’s qualifying victory for the World Cup against Armenia.
What did Schwabl say?
Adeyemi joined Unterhaching as a nine-year-old in 2012 after breaking a deal to stay at Bayern Munich.
After advancing through the club’s youth club, he moved to Salzburg in 2018 at the age of 16 and signed a three-year deal with the Austrian team.
Schwabl, who closely followed Adeyemi’s career and is considered a mentor, has now revealed that there was interest from England, although he believes the move to Salzburg was the right decision.
“When he was 16, some clubs from England wanted to sign him. For example, some Chelsea scouts came, but I do not know if that would have worked out,” he said. Purpose and SPOX.
‘The move to Salzburg was exactly right, because it is not too far from his house in Munich. The closeness to his family is very important. He has a very good and stable environment.
“You should never take two steps at a time. Salzburg is a good station for him, but also a club that does not stand in the way of young players with suitable offers. If he continues like this, I would say it will be interesting from spring. “
‘It was a chicken moment’
Schwabl sat with Adeyemi’s family in the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart on Sunday to watch Adeyemi become the youngest German goal scorer since Mario Gotze in 2011.
He is very proud of the development of the youngster into an international player and admits that it was an emotional moment when he first saw him on the field.
“It was a chicken meat moment to see the boy play in the Germany jersey,” he added.
“His recent development is like a fairy tale. We are very proud of Karim as a club. The goal, of course, was the crown. I congratulated him afterwards, but also said, “Stay on the ground, boy!” This is so important. He is only at the beginning of his career. ”