Fresh start for Freddy Adu

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FOOTBALL -

THOUGH his ca­reer has fal­tered in Europe, Freddy Adu said he’s con­fi­dent his game will pick up in Greece af­ter be­ing lured there by a re­spected coach and the hope of a place in the US World Cup squad.

The 20-year-old Amer­i­can for­ward joined Greek club Aris this month on an 18-month loan from Ben­fica, where he had strug­gled to es­tab­lish him­self. He had pre­vi­ously been loaned to smaller Por­tuguese club Be­le­nenses.

Adu said he has no re­grets about leav­ing the United States.

“Foot­ball in Europe is No 1 and where it’s at its best and this is why I de­cided to come to Europe,” he said on Thurs­day, mak­ing his first of­fi­cial ap­pear­ance with the team and be­ing given the No 11 shirt.

Adu said he was grate­ful for be­ing sought by Aris coach Hec­tor Raul Cu­per, an Ar­gen­tine who has pre­vi­ously man­aged In­ter Mi­lan and other Span­ish and Ital­ian clubs. “I fi­nally have a great chance to play for one of the top-class coaches in the world,” Adu said.

“I’ve only been here for two weeks and I can’t be­lieve how much I’ve learned. So hope­fully that will trans­late on to the field and hope­fully I’ll be­come a bet­ter player.” He said he had lit­tle hes­i­ta­tion in turn­ing down other of­fers.

Cu­per has rein­vig­o­rated the norther n Greek club, cur­rently fourth be­hind leader Panathi­naikos. Adu said he hopes to make his de­but when Aris hosts Panathi­naikos on Sun­day.

“I love it! What a great way to play your first game, against the No 1 team in the league. I would re­ally, love to be a part of that game.”

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