Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson has revealed the advice hes received from Per Mertesacker after Hoffenheim reportedly dropped him for disciplinary reasons.
Nelson had a promising start to his loan spell at Hoffenheim, scoring six goals in his opening 11 appearances, but the 19-year-old forward has failed to nail down a place in Julian Nagelsmanns starting XI and is yet to find the net in 2019.
While Nelson has struggled for game-time in Germany, his close friend, Jadon Sancho, has taken the Bundesliga by storm and has even worked his way into Gareth Southgates England squad.
Nelson has also watched Callum Hudson-Odois meteoric rise from afar and claims hes been inspired by the Chelsea youngsters progress.
Ive played against him in the youth league when he was at Chelsea, Nelson told Sky Sports.
Hes my friend so you want to get there as well.
Its very inspiring, just wants to make you push even more, train even harder and get to that level.
Arsenal academy manager Mertesacker has been in regular contact with Nelson, urging the teenager to focus both on and off the field amid his reported disciplinary issues.
Im learning different culture. Im taking in the environment, Nelson added.
Pers just been very direct to me, telling me its not always about football sometimes its about off the pitch.
He tells me youre learning a new language, new environment, just keep up with your performances.
Despite Hoffenheim boss Nagelsmann dropping Nelson as an educational measure earlier this month, Mertesacker has been impressed with the wingers progress.
Its quite interesting for him, the journey hes facing in Germany. The challenges and hes describing it as a tough time, Mertesacker told Goal.
Everyday in training theres something he takes on. With a young manager [Nagelsmann] who really believes in him and gives him chances, sometimes he comes off the bench and makes the difference.
So for him the next step is really to play regularly, playing from the start.
Thats his next challenge but at the moment hes making an impact coming off the bench, hes getting minutes, hes learning a new culture, a new language.
I think its very beneficial to him.