How has it been going this season, your first with the pro squad?
I received a very warm welcome from the team. It's been a little over six months since I've been with them... It's a young team and I get along well with everyone.
How did it feel to play with the first team, against Sion and Fulham, during the preseason?
I was a little apprehensive, but when you play, you have to be sure. I played the second half against Sion and conceded a late penalty, but overall I'm happy with my performance. Then, against Fulham, I also played the second half and we won 4-0, so it's a good memory as well.
You arrived at OL at a very young age. How did you become a goalkeeper?
It was my father who immersed me in football. When I was a young kid we would watch games in Italy. My father was a goalie too, so I think that influenced me a lot. It is very important for me, we are always together, he follows me and gives me advice.
Your first years at OL were tough. Tell us about it.
I arrived at the U14 level and couldn't play any league games because of documentation issues. I could only participate in the tournaments. Everything went well with the U15s and I thought I was finally in the clear, but I had the same problems with the U16s and I had to find a club to play with. During the week I trained with OL and on the weekends I played with Annecy. As an U17s I played a whole season with Annecy before returning to OL.
I was the second-choice goalkeeper with the U19s and I didn't play much. In a game against Auxerre, I fractured my tibia and fibula, and was out for three months.
With all these setbacks, did you ever have any doubts?
I did, but it was always inward. I never told anybody. But I always believed in myself and I never gaver up. I couldn't give up after everything I'd been through.
You did well not to give up...
A few weeks after my recovery, Sébastien Guérin (goalkeeper coach) told me that I was going to train with the professional squad. I was happy and stressed at the same time. After that, I realized I was getting my shot and the club was counting on me.