Fresh start for Freddy Adu
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.”