The Brazilian right-back talent Yan Couto aroused desires in the big clubs due to a strong U17 World Cup in late autumn 2019 – FC Bayern Munich also put out feelers for him at the time. Ultimately, Couto decided to move to Manchester City. In conversation with SPOX goal he justifies the step.
“After the U17 World Cup, which we won with Brazil, some clubs were interested in signing: Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City,” says Couto, who recently placed himself among the 50 greatest child prodigies in football in the NXGN ranking secured. He adds: “For me, Pep Guardiola is the best coach in the world, Manchester City are one of the biggest clubs and have a great future ahead of them, so it was the best choice for me.”
The Citizens transferred around six million euros to Couto’s hometown club Coritiba in summer 2020, after which Manchester loaned him to the Spanish second division FC Girona for one season. With the Catalans he has now established himself as a regular, in the last league game to date against Las Palmas he contributed his first professional goal.
With the move to Europe, a childhood dream came true for him. “I’ve always loved watching European football,” explains the 18-year-old, adding: “Because of the time difference, I got up early in the morning so I could watch the Premier League, LaLiga or Serie A. It was always my dream to play there one day. “
Due to the corona pandemic, its start on the old continent was complicated. “When I arrived, it was really difficult for me. I couldn’t train at my club in Brazil because of Corona, so my fitness was bad,” reveals Couto. In the meantime, however, he has reached his full fitness level again.
Yan Couto on transfer to Europe: “It was difficult for me”
According to his own statements, he takes an example from the great full-backs that the Sugar Loaf has produced in history. “My great heroes are Cafu, Roberto Carlos and Dani Alves.” In order to imitate his idols in the future, Couto wants to work hard on himself.
“I definitely have to develop myself as a player in order to play for Manchester City and the Brazilian senior team at some point,” he said. “I think if I work on myself and get minutes on the field, I will grow as a player and as a person.”