Roma and Czech Republic striker Patrik Schick has admitted that he dreams of playing for Manchester United at some point in the future.
The 21-year-old, who begun his professional career with Sparta Prague, netted 14 goals for Sampdoria last term.
And he has joined Roma on loan for the 2017/18 campaign but has only made one appearance for the Serie A side so far this season.
When asked about his future prospects, Schick name-checked Man United as one of his preferred destinations.
“Money? I take it as motivation, and I hope that in a few years I can move to an even bigger club where logically I’ll be paid even more,” he said.
“That motivation has always helped me a lot. It’s not really possible to move much higher [than Roma] but there are a few clubs… let’s say Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United.”
I appreciate Schick’s honesty when it comes to money. His response could essentially be reconstructed as ‘no, actually, I don’t care about pleasing fans or winning trophies, just get me to a club that pays enough for me to install a swimming pool with invisible water, please’.
This is not, I should stress, commendable in any sense. But how many professionals out there offer lip service about their career intentions whilst actually only caring solely about the next pay-check and the fruits that come with it? Would you be any different?
Either way, Schick has some way to go before he can think about entering the ‘crazy money’ realm of the beautiful game by joining a massive club, but he will be one to watch as he looks to assert himself at Roma this season.