Arsenal wonderkid Marcelo Flores is already training with Mikel Arteta’s first team ‘a couple of times a week’, according to the player’s father. The 17-year-old recently signed his first professional contract after joining the Premier League side from Ispwich Town.
Marcelo is highly rated, with Ipswich having beaten the likes of the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona to his signature when he joined the Championship outfit in 2015.
The Mexican teen most commonly plays as an attacking midfielder, but can also be deployed on either wing.
He outlined his determination to play in the Premier League while Arsenal were weighing up a swoop for his services during the summer – and says he has ambitions of playing in La Liga like his idol Lionel Messi.
And he could be getting closer to achieving his dreams after his dad Ruben Flores claimed he was already rubbing shoulders with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe at Arsenal’s Colney training ground.
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“Here the structure of football in the teams is a little different than what we are used to,” Flores Snr told Radio Fórmula, cited by Spanish publication Marca.
“The fact that Marcelo has signed his professional contract doesn’t mean that he trains with the first team every day.
“For the players who they see a little more future for and want them to be in the team, they give them a little more calm, patience, to stay at the club.
“They’re not worried about early professional contracts, like Marcelo, who will continue to play with the under-18s, but already trains in the first team a couple of times a week, when they need him, and continues his process with the U18s.
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“Tomorrow they need players with the U23s and he’ll take part with them, but it goes step by step.”
Marcelo has two sisters who also play in London, as they are both members of Chelsea’s youth ranks, according to Sport Witness.
They were born in Mexico, raised in Canada and have British citizenship after moving to England, and so could have a choice of international sides to represent in the future.
Marcelo has previously spoken of his aspirations of playing at the top level – and revealed which former Premier League star inspired him the most.
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“One of my ambitions is to play professionally in the Premier League,” he told the East Anglian Daily Times.
“But I would also like to play world-wide, in La Liga.
“Internationally, my favourite is Messi, while in the Premier League, I liked watching Hazard.
“I try to model my game on them both.”
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