Kyrstian Bielik is set to arrive at Arsenal for a medical on Friday and on Monday he will sign his new deal.
The 17-year-old midfielder from Legia Warsaw will arrive at the club and go into the youth team with a three-year plan believed to be in place to get him in to the senior squad.
Saying his farewells to the Legia website, the youngster revealed what a whirlwind few weeks it had been with Arsenal only making contact at the start of December.
He says he thought it was ‘cool’ that Arsene Wenger was interested in him but when he realised how determined the Arsenal boss was to land him he realised what a great compliment it was.
Fighting off interest from Hamburg, Bielik revealed that Wenger spoke with him at length, offering ‘warm words’ after sending his personal invitation to London.
I was proud to hear such things from the lips of the Professor.
I trusted him, I think he spoke honestly and from the heart. Every boy wants to hear such words from such a coach.
But the decision was not a simple one for Bielik and he said he thought about it ‘day and night’ to ensure that he made the right decision. And, despite signing for ‘one of the biggest clubs in the world’ he’s not getting carried away.
For a 17-year-old-boy it’s a fairytale. But I walk firmly on the ground, I don’t fly away and I think I’ll never fly.
Looking forward to learning from Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, he’s hoping that training with Arsenal’s midfielders will help him improve quickly.
Confirming that he will stay in a hotel for the first two-three weeks of his new life in London and having already left his parents when he moved from Lech Poznan to Legia, he’s ready to rent his own apartment – when he turns 18.
Until then, well it’s simple for him:
I would like coach Wenger to see in my a player, who in the near future, has a chance to debut at Arsenal.
Welcome to Arsenal Krystian!
[hat tip @AaFCPresswatch]