Matondo aims to emulate Sancho

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Last Updated: 09/10/19 12:09am

Rabbi Matondo scored his first senior goal last month

Rabbi Matondo scored his first senior aim final month

Wales winger Rabbi Matondo believes he can emulate Jadon Sancho and make a
huge impression within the Bundesliga like his former Manchester City team-mate.

Matondo adopted England teenager Sancho, who has scored 16 objectives in 55 appearances for Borussia Dortmund since he moved in 2017, in swapping the Premier League for Germany when he joined Schalke in an £11m transfer in January.

The 19-year-old scored his first Schalke aim within the Three-1 victory at RB Leipzig final month earlier than he was recalled to Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad for the upcoming European Qualifiers towards Slovakia and Croatia.

“It’s only one goal and it’s only my first start of the season,” stated Matondo.

“But hopefully I can get many extra minutes this season and contribute with objectives and assists and assist the group climb the desk.

“If I can do in addition to he (Sancho) has carried out thus far then I shall be actually joyful.

Jadon Sancho has scored three goals and contributed five assists in the Bundesliga so far this season Jadon Sancho has scored three goals and contributed five assists in the Bundesliga so far this season

Jadon Sancho has scored three objectives and contributed 5 assists within the Bundesliga thus far this season

“He is a superb participant. I’ve at all times identified that since being at Manchester City with him how good he may be and the way good he shall be. Hopefully he might help me as properly.

“Jadon did not make me transfer to Germany, however after all he’s doing so properly there and when it got here round I assumed ‘why not’?

“It wasn’t that I could not see a pathway (at City), I imagine in myself. Obviously at Manchester City it’s robust – all of the gamers are high gamers.

Rabbi Matondo made his senior Wales debut in the 1-0 loss to Albania last year Rabbi Matondo made his senior Wales debut in the 1-0 loss to Albania last year

Rabbi Matondo made his senior Wales debut within the 1-Zero loss to Albania final 12 months

“But it was extra that I had the chance to go and play first-team soccer and on the time I did not have that at Manchester City.

“So I preferred to play first-team football so I took the opportunity.”

Matondo, six months youthful than Sancho, solely turned 19 final month and by no means made a first-team look at City.

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The winger, who was as soon as labelled the quickest participant at City after beating the likes of Kyle Walker, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling in velocity assessments, has solely made two begins for Schalke.

But he insists his profession is on the right track beneath the steerage of former Huddersfield head coach David Wagner.

“I have still got a lot to improve on and learn but I am happy with how things are going,” stated Matondo, who now has three Wales caps after making his debut final November.

“Hopefully there shall be many extra minutes for Schalke this season and hopefully that can encourage me to play extra for Wales.

“When I used to be youthful I at all times believed in myself. I at all times thought: you may be enjoying at stage when you’re 17, 18, 19.

“That’s what I am doing at the moment. We shall see (about the future), but I will give it my all.”

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