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Héritier Deyonge: "I'm here to work"

Published on 21 June 2019 at 4:00 PM
Héritier Deyonge : « A moi de me faire ma place »
OL's 17-year-old signing arrives at Lyon with high expectations and hopes of filling the void left by Ferland Mendy. Get to know Héritier Deyonge...

His journey

"I already had a ball at my feet by the time I was one year old. At age three, my mother enrolled me in a club and at six, I signed with Westerlo since we moved to Flanders. I played three years before PSV picked me up. I signed when I was 10 and I was there the whole time until OL signed me. I learned the basic techniques, it was a good school for me. They teach young people to play a certain way, it's very interesting. It's sad to leave the Netherlands since I have built relationships there, but it's a footballer's life and we have to deal with it. I’m very grateful for those seven years, they helped me a lot, both in football and in everyday life."


His relationship with OL

"I visited the city and the club, it’s all very nice. I came with my mother, she liked it as well. Florian Maurice came to see us occasionally in the Netherlands with the national team. There was a good feeling between the club and me. I loved OL a lot when I was younger, watching matches on TV. I remember when our favorite club was playing, our parents would let us stay up late. I supported OL, my brother was a Barça fan! I'm very happy to be here even though I don’t know many people yet. Through my cousin, I’ve already had contact with Jason [Denayer]. There was also a U19 player with whom I talked from time to time. Besides that, I don’t know anyone here, but they are great players and I can learn a lot from them. Memphis in particular, he’s a star and an example for the youngsters at PSV."


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How he describes himself

"I’m a tough defender in man-to-man coverage, I really like defending. Offensively, it's more of a bonus. I like [David] Alaba from Bayern, for example. He’s a tough contact player, he knows how to attack and defend. He gets assists, maybe less now, but he's still a hell of a player. In Eindhoven, they called me mini-Willems. It’s flattering, but I’m Héritier."



"I’m here to work, I know that work pays off. If I do the right thing, I know the coach will give me a chance. I also know that a place has become available at my position. I’m going to work hard to take it. When I was young and I saw Juninho take free kicks, I knew they would be goals. Being able to be in the same club as him makes me very happy. I don’t know much about Sylvinho, on the other hand. I’ve only watched a few videos, but I know that I can learn a lot from him too."


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