“No pressure, no doubt” for Ekitike, guided by the “choice of the heart”

The young (20 years old) striker trained at the Stade de Reims gives his first impressions through the media of his new club, Paris Saint-Germain.

Newcastle dreamed of it. But Hugo Ekitike dreamed of Paris Saint-Germain. And finally the capital club prevailed. Contrary to what one might think, the young French striker (20 years old), born and trained in Reims, joined the Parc dels Princes as part of a loan with option to buy. A hand game that should allow Paris to take care of its finances in the eyes of the European financial police. Concerns other than those of the 1.89 m stake, all happy to join the French champion. “It’s a bit of everything, a mixture of all emotions, a lot of pride, joy. It’s really a huge pride to be here for me“He explains through the club’s media, also assuring that he has done so”the choice of the heart“.

It was a logical choice to come here

Hugo Ekitike

And to continue, to explain his decision:I am also French, there are players playing here, it affected my choice and I have family in the Paris region. It’s all this that makes me think it’s the right choice for me. (…) It was a logical choice to come here. There are the players who help me progress, a staff and a coach with a lot of experience, the competitions in which PSG participates … There are all the ingredients for me to progress here.»

A progression that so far has been rapid, with a 2021-22 season in the form of revelation. He appeared twice with the Stade de Reims in 2020 before a loan … in Denmark, he scored 10 goals in 23 L1 games last season, 11 in 26 games in all competitions. Statistics that could have been even more impressive without physical problems. One thing is for sure: Ekitike shone with “his qualities as a scorer, his puzzling direction due to his great size and technique», As we rejoice in Reims. Enough to seduce the Parisian recruiters and Luis Campos. “I want to bring my touch, my character and my way of appropriating football. And also to have my impact on the game and show how Hugo Ekitike plays“, smiles the interested party.

Character and determination

Beyond his qualities as a footballer and his huge room for improvement, Ekitike has also impressed with his character and determination since his debut. That’s good: you need it to withstand the pressure of Paris. “A pressure? I’ve always had confidence in my game, in myself. Most of all, I want to be on the field to play and be able to demonstrate what I can do. I have no pressure, no doubt. I know what I’m capable of and I can’t wait to prove it“, insists the international U20 tricolor, impatient to rub shoulders with the demanding public of the Parc dels Princes.”The fans, the fans of the stadium, this comes into play because I like the pressure of the matches, when there is tension and expectation around me. It pushes me to get the best out of myself“, proclaims.

Second recruit “made in Campos” after the young (22) Portuguese midfielder Vitinha, snatched from Porto for 40 million euros, Hugo Ekitike should finally cost about the same amount. There is talk of € 36 million here and there. Meanwhile, other recruits are expected in Paris this summer. We are talking especially about Renato Sanches (Lille), Milan Skriniar (Inter) and Gianluca Scamacca (Sassuolo). But Christophe Galtier is also waiting for exits, many exits. The 55-year-old coach intends to have a group of “21 field players and some youngstersfor the 2022-23 campaign. Luis Campos, Antero Henrique and company have their work for them …

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