He could have stayed at PSG with his apprenticeship contract which ran until next June. But Corentin Louakima, 17, crossed the Alps at the end of the summer. Head to AS Rome for a first professional contract for three seasons. “PSG is at home, a bit like a second family,” the right side tells us. But you had to see where I was going to play the most, gain the most playing time and pick up the pace. It was a difficult choice for me to leave. But to succeed in your dreams and goals, you have to know how to move forward. “
Taken under his wing by his agent Mathieu Gomes, Corentin Louakima now finds himself far from Paris, far from his landmarks, after seven years spent in the red and blue jersey. Originally from Carrières-sous-Poissy (Yvelines), the versatile 1.83 m defender discovers the life of a young footballer abroad, in a training center where hardly any French live and where you have to learn to master a new language. “I’m not afraid of being alone,” he nevertheless assures.
“I still have to improve the qualities of the center, the repetition of the efforts”
Sportingly, the first two objectives are clear: 1. Recover from his rupture of the right hamstring which occurred in February; 2. Resume playing time with the under-18s of AS Roma, then Primavera (team B) before aiming higher. “The confinement penalized me a little to resume training,” says the young Louakima. It just helped me with the healing. “
Very religious, he notably drew the necessary resources from his family. And it was accompanied by his father that the first visit was made to Rome, where the two men immediately noticed the closeness between aspiring footballers and professionals of the one team.
In the coming days, Corentin Louakima will return to the lawns. Sure of his strengths, this fan of Blaise Matuidi for his mental and physical qualities has set himself areas for improvement. “I started attacking when I was younger, then the position of right midfielder and right back in training, he explains. I still have to improve the qualities of the center, the repetition of the efforts. “For long-term goals, no more suspense:” I keep them to myself. If I realize them, we’ll talk about them again. “
From PSG, Louakima wants to “keep only good memories”. With four professional players on the Parisian list before him (Timothée Pembélé, Colin Dagba, Thilo Kehrer, Alessandro Florenzi) and the absence of a reserve team, Louakima made the choice to go and see if the grass was greener elsewhere. “I had to do it,” he says. PSG understood the situation and let me go. »Already a French international with the under 16s (5 selections in 2018), Louakima is also aiming for a return among young people in Blue. See you in the coming months.
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