In summer, Karim Adeyemi was awarded the gold Fritz Walter Medal by the German Football Association (DFB) – which is given to the best young talents in German football.
For evidence, Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz was granted the same medal in 2018.
Upon receipt of the award, Adeyemi was moved to go forth and accomplish what those have done before him.
“Many successful footballers playing in the national team today have also received this award,” he said.
“Playing in the national team one day is also my goal. I want to achieve what these players have already achieved.
“That’s why this award makes me very proud and at the same time a great motivation to continue on my path.”
Adeyemi’s abilities have attracted interest from big clubs and Barcelona have already had a €15m offer refused by Salzburg, according to Transfermarkt.
Los Blaugranas have reportedly communicated Salzburg’s Christoph Freund and will make another approach soon to try and seal a deal for the winter transfer window.
It’s believed that Barca rate the 17-year-old so highly, that they are preparing to integrate him into the first-team squad immediately.
Premier League pair Liverpool and Arsenal are also understood to be tracking the teenager with significant interest but are yet to make an offer.
Adeyemi has already collected seven goals and five assists in 13 games so far this campaign.