“No one is worth that much money.”

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By Peter Vice

Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko is back with the German U21s. With a return to fitness, he could be featuring for his club team again soon.

In an interview with the website of German sporting program “ran”, the 17-year-old spoke about some of the advice he got last year from interim trainer Edin Terzic and what he thought about his current market value. 

Youssoufa Moukoko.
Youssoufa Moukoko. Photo: Borussia Dortmund

After making history last year as the youngest player ever to play in the Bundesliga, and the youngest ever player to score in it as well, Youssoufa Moukoko had to bow out with injury late last season and deal with still new ones during the current campaign.


Another chance is forthcoming in the form of a fresh call-up to the U21 side.

The attacker still hasn’t turned 17 yet, though his birthday is coming up at the end of the month. The “Wunderkind” who many believe has redefined the very concept of the word divulged in an interview with the website of one of German football’s broadcast programs that he received some good poignant advice while working under BVB interim trainer Edin Terzic last season.

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“Terzic once said to me ‘you’re good, but I want to make you even better’,” the youngster reminisced, “He was always very strict with me in training, pointing out every mistake and hardly leaving my side. But he not only challenged me a lot, he also encouraged me.”

A lot of the hype surrounding Moukoko has subsided. For his part, the attacker said that he was grateful that it had so that he could work on his game in peace. He also demonstrated a grasp of what lies ahead of him.

“I’m of course aware that, as a young player, you have to do more than the experienced professionals in order to earn your time and place in training,” he noted, “If you think that talent alone is enough, you don’t stand a chance in professional football. Without hard work, no results.”

Asked about he felt about being, despite the injury layoff, still estimated to be worth €18-20 million, Moukoko handled the question with class.

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“No one is worth that much money,” he remarked, “That’s just the business. Perform well and your market value goes up.”

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