Former Chelsea and Arsenal player William Gallas has advised Arsenal fans not to over hype Gabriel Martinelli.
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The young Brazilian has been in sensational form and has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but Gallas believes he is not yet ready. Martinelli was named Man of the Match in Arsenal’s October 9 victory over Liverpool.
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Despite receiving praise from pundits and coaches alike, Gallas believes the 21 year old is not a finished product.
He told Genting Casino:
“I think Arsenal have to get that deal with Martinelli signed as quickly as possible. I’m sure he’s hearing so many things about him, like Real Madrid being interested. Sometimes the player can be confused.”
“At the moment I think he’s playing well and Arsenal have to close that deal as soon as possible so he feels better in his mind. I don’t think he’s good enough for Real Madrid yet.”
“In football after two or three games, everyone is raving about that player, “he’s magnificent” or “he’s a top-class player” but no, calm down, let him have a great season to get to another level.”
“He’s still young, he’s only 21. But if he goes step-by-step, he can go to a club like Real Madrid but right now he’s not ready.”