David Endt is particularly proud of Sergiño Dest, he shows in the podcast of Ajax Life. The former team manager, now also an agent, guided the right back in the past and saw that as a young boy he was not always easy to deal with. Now, just before his transfer to FC Barcelona, he makes Endt happy.
‘Before starting my own company, I worked for a different agency. Dest was connected to that ‘, Endt begins to say. ‘It wasn’t an easy guy. He had quite a few fringes and quirks, which is part of a boy who becomes an adolescent and grows up in a certain world. It was precisely because of those frayed edges that I was kind of put on Sergiño. You talk to him and sometimes it is easier than other times. It is quite a process. ‘
‘He also had quite a few resistance at Ajax’, Endt continues. Ultimately, its pure potential was very visible. There were people who didn’t see it, they might let the frayed edges dominate what you could see in talent. He had great technique for a defender and a great mindset. He could play in the back and in the front. It was a gold nugget and the point is that you polish it up and if necessary, polish it up. ‘
Dest has worked hard in the past to get to where he is today, the reporter knows. ‘People don’t see what he has to do for it. That happens behind the scenes. It was not always easy for teachers, trainers and fellow players, but in the end it’s all about how far you get. If you now see that he will make a step to FC Barcelona at the age of nineteen, I think you should give him a big compliment for his persistence.
‘You have to be resilient, also in changing rooms’
The transfer rumors surrounding a player naturally also end up in the dressing room. It can lead to unpleasant situations. ‘It’s not always sweet and nice. You have to be resilient, also in changing rooms. There is a dynamic of: I want to be that top player. Maybe at the expense of the other. Competition sometimes gets out of hand. In that case, the club is there to make sure that everything runs smoothly. ‘
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