Appointed vice-captain by his coach Niko Kovac, Axel Disasi will indeed wear the armband against PSG this Friday evening, in the absence of Wissam Ben Yedder. Transferred this summer from Reims for 13 million euros (plus 2 million bonus), the athletic (1.90 m) 22-year-old central defender continues to reach levels. Kovac, who describes him as “physically strong, fast and intelligent”, already predicts him a near future in the France team.
The kid from Villiers-le-Bel (Val-d’Oise), from a Congolese family, “comes from very far, almost from nowhere” as explained by Mathieu Lacan, his former coach with the U19s of Paris FC. After an inconclusive test at… PSG while he was playing at Senlis, Disasi had signed for Paris FC in 2014 during a large detection. “Honestly, he hadn’t caught our eye more than that then, no one could ever have said that he had the profile of the very high level”, admits Lacan.
In six months, the defender is however quickly outclassed with the U19. “From his first game with us, he impressed me with his serenity, his calm and the power he gave off,” continues Mathieu Lacan. There, I saw that he had great potential. It was quiet strength. In addition to his athleticism, he was very mature, he was clearly ahead. “
“Despite his physique, he’s a very good raiser”
While preparing a bac S, the one whose model was Thiago Silva is integrated into the Ligue 2 group of the PFC. He was only 17 years old when he was launched against Lens in December 2015. “I didn’t need to reassure him, remembers Hervé Lybohy, the former captain of the PFC with whom he was aligned in central defense. . When he came up with us, he surprised me with his maturity. He was really posed for his age. It was not a young person who was all excited, who wanted to break everything by showing at all costs what he was worth, no he blended naturally into the group. He was quiet and listened. From the first training sessions, we didn’t feel any difference between him and us. I am not surprised to see him reach this level today and it is not over yet. “
In the summer of 2016, he joined Reims, then in Ligue 2. “His father called us to thank us, it’s quite rare, it shows that he has a good family and a good entourage”, estimates Mathieu Lacan. In Reims, coach David Guion first saw in him “a big teddy bear that had to be trimmed”. But after a delicate start, the U20 international broke last season. “During our first season in L1, he was behind Engels and Abdelhamid,” explains Guion. But he knew how to be patient. There was competition but he watched, worked a lot and learned. Despite his physique, he’s a very good raiser. “
Courted in England (Arsenal, Tottenham, Southampton, Wolverhampton…) or in Spain (Betis Sevilla), he therefore chose Monaco. “It’s an ambitious project,” said Disasi, author of two goals. The armband? I am ready to face and take on this new responsibility. I took a step forward coming here. Being from the Paris region, it is sure that it is always special to find PSG that I have already faced in the lower echelons, when I was in training. It’s a little different time for me. “
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