Raheem Sterling sent Instagram messages to Reiss Nelson that inspired him to return to Arsenal


ARSENAL starlet Reiss Nelson has revealed Raheem Sterling is inspiring him to make a Premier League breakthrough.

The forward, who scored for England U21s in their 3-3 draw with Croatia as the Young Lions bowed out of the Euros on Monday, impressed on-loan at Hoffenheim last season.

Reiss Nelson has revealed a secret inspiration encouraging him to conquer the Premier League
Man City superstar Raheem Sterling has been secretly messaging the teen ace encouragement

Nelson, 19, scored seven times for the Bundesliga outfit and is now prepared to return to the Emirates next month for pre-season.

Now the teen has revealed how Manchester City and England superstar Sterling has been playing a key role in helping him to reach the top.

Nelson said: “Raheem is a role model to a lot of young lads coming through. He gives me little messages on Instagram, like ‘keep going’.

“I was training with the England team a couple of times and he is there always giving encouragement.

“It is always good to have people like him in and around the England set-up to give you the pat on the back that you know you are doing well and good things are coming.”

After struggling to break into the first-team fold on a regular basis at Arsenal, Nelson took full advantage of his opportunity at Hoffenheim.

And even though he admits it was a wrench to leave the Bundesliga after an enjoyable campaign, he is determined to make an impact under Unai Emery at the Emirates.

Nelson said: “It was difficult leaving (Germany) but Arsenal are my team and I want to go back to Arsenal and play.

“I have got a bit bigger. I was playing at Arsenal when I was 17, when he (Arsene Wenger) gave me my debut against Southampton, so I was very immature when I was playing.

“Now I have a more mature role about me. I look to play link-up play, one v ones, and I think I am more mature.”

He added: “In Germany we had a leaving party, which was nice. A lot of other players were going to different teams.

“They had a video and gave me a Nelson signed framed shirt as well. It was really good stuff.”



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