Reiss Nelson has revealed he’s been in contact with Per Mertesacker during his loan spell at Hoffenheim this season, with the Academy Manager offering him advice during his ups and downs with the Bundesliga club.
Having started the campaign with a bang, scoring 6 goals, it’s not been plain sailing since, and he was left out of the squad entirely recently for what was described as an ‘educational measure’.
The 19 year old hasn’t started a game since December, but speaking to Sky Sports he said regular chats with the BFG have been a help.
“He’s just been very direct with me,” he said. “He’s telling me, ‘Reiss, it’s not always about football, sometimes it’s about what happens off the pitch.
“‘You’re learning a new language, new environment, and it’s all going well, just keep up with your performances and no matter the game time you get, you’ve taken the challenge to do that so well done!'”
As for life away from England, the winger definitely sees it as a positive for his development as a player and a person.
“I’m learning different a culture, and I’m taking in the environment,” he said.
“Germany’s been good, I’ve been there for about 10 months now, it’s been a great experience.
“Not just on the pitch but off the pitch as well.”
Reiss is currently with the England U21 squad for games against Poland (tonight), and Germany on Tuesday.