Now-former Paris Saint-Germain prospect Corentin Louakima recently departed from the club to sign with AS Roma. The 17-year-old defensive prospect subsequently signed a three-year deal with the Serie A side and will begin his career there in its youth system.
Louakima provided an interview with Goal France about his move to Roma and just why he felt that it was best to leave PSG’s youth system. For the young prospect talent, Louakima was simply looking out for the best interests in his career and aimed to sign with a team that could very well provide him with first-team minutes down the road.
“After my injury in February, PSG said they were ready to keep me, but they also told me that if I had an interesting opportunity, they would not close the door on me,” Louakima said. “We weighed the pros and cons with my family, and we decided to leave. What interested me was just playing soccer. For that, I had to go for the best project, and PSG understood that.”
Louakima did not spend much time in PSG’s youth system. Still, he has fond memories of his stint with the club and will cherish the time spent with some of the brightest youth football coaches in the country.
“There have been a lot of good times on and off the pitch,” Louakima said. “I learned a lot through my coaches and the matches I was able to play. Despite this hamstring injury, I only remember the positive.”
It will be quite a while before Roma deems Louakima as a player ready for first-team minutes. However, he does have the potential to fight his way into becoming a regular for the club down the line.
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