Tuesday’s wellness story goes to Roma manager Jose Mourinho, who, after giving youngster Felix Afena-Gyan his professional debut this weekend, then kept a promise.
The highly-rated 18-year-old came off the bench to break the deadlock just seven minutes into the game, before adding his second with a 25-yard curler in stoppage time. In his post-match interview, Mourinho revealed that the teenage sensation has an expensive incentive to do so.
âI had promised to buy Felix the boots he likes a lot, which are really expensive, they cost 800 â¬, so he ran and told me not to forget! Tomorrow morning the first thing I do is buy him the boots, âMourinho told DAZN.
The “boots” in question were actually a pair of Balenciaga Speed ââTrainers that cost around $ 900. Most Italian elite players would find that kind of money on the side of their couch, but Afena-Gyan’s rise has been meteoric to say the least. The striker was still playing in Ghana last year and was spotted by Giallorossi scouts at the EurAfrica academy.
This is not the first time Mourinho has bribed his team with freebies. Last year, the former Spurs manager duly delivered a 600 $ Iberian jamon Spanish back Sergio ReguilÃ³n after successfully shutting out Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez.
Whatever happens, it looks like Afena-Gyan will be able to afford her own designer kicks anytime soon. “I am sorry for [the youth coach] and the Primavera team, but Felix will stick with [the first team,]”said Mourinho.