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Szoboszlai on Salzburg Academy: "I Never Would Have Come So Far"


Young Hungarian winger Dominik Szoboszlai has turned heads over the last two years and is quickly becoming one of the most sought after players in Europe. In an interview with The Red Bulletin, Szoboszlai spoke about how he reached these heights thanks to the Red Bull Academy system.

"I already had talent," said Szoboszlai. "Without all the work in the academy I never would have come so far. I learned the philosophy here and the absolute desire to win."

Szoboszlai went through the famed FC Liefering system, Salzburg's second division team that has pushed through players like Naby Keita, Dayot Upamecano and Hannes Wolf. While there he developed and was able to easily be inserted into the Red Bull first team in Salzburg. Since joining them in 2017 he has scored 13 goals in 51 games.

It didn't take long for teams like AC Milan and Arsenal to show interest. Now, it appears that Salzburg is ready to cash in with a potential transfer fee of over 25 million Euros on the table. Even with all of that, Szoboszlai doesn't see this as being his glass ceiling. The youngster is looking to push past this and continue to grow.

"When I came here there were two or three players in my position," said Szoboszlai. "You are forced to work harder, to run more and to want it more. Only then will you get a chance to play. If not, you just won't play."

The comfort in which Salzburg produces this type of talent is astounding. While Szoboszlai is a unique talent, it appears that the structure is able to create or cultivate it on a regular basis. Other players like Patson Daka are also pushing forward to be on the transfer radar as well. All the while, Salzburg continues to have domestic success and make headway in the UEFA Champions League.

The team continues play this weekend after the international break against Sturm Graz. The schedule will also take them through Germany against Bayern Munich for one of their biggest road tests in team history.

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