Others in his shoes could have seen this as an once in a lifetime, maybe, opportunity to sign at a top club. He thought otherwise, and reading how he backed his choice to turn Chelsea down, he definitely makes sense.
It just doesn’t make any sense to join Chelsea as a 17-year-old. You have achieved near to nothing, basically have no experience in professional football. The risk is too high. It would have been nonsense to move abroad and neglect everything else
Jann-Fiete Arp, Hamburg’s wonder teenager told Bild, explaining why he chose to stay in Germany, and postpone a move abroad for later, for when the time will be right.
Football is a day-to-day business and it can be over any day. But nobody can take away the Abitur from you. On top of that, money must not play a role at my age
the 17-year-old also said, referring to the diploma he will get next summer, finishing school.
Arp was impressive in June’s UEFA U-21 Championship in Poland, scoring seven goals in five games for Germany, and he’s looking forward for the FIFA U-17 World Cup that will be hosted in India, in October.
Other than Chelsea, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund have been reported to be interested in the young Hamburg center-forward.