Updated with quotes from audio of Adu talking to the press.
Photo: Adu at Bahia’s Arena Fonte Nova stadium. Courtesy of globoesporte.com
A report from Brazilian news outlet globoesporte.com has provided details of Freddy Adu’s arrival in Bahia on Thursday.
A “smiling and humorous” Adu described to reporters how he had researched Bahia on the internet before embarking on his trip.
“I’m pretty familiar with the team,” Adu said, “now I’m here to check out the city, meet the staff, meet the team, and, hopefully, everything goes well and we’re able to get something done as soon s possible…This has to be the right situation for me and for Bahia.”
“At the end of the day, it’s about playing and helping Bahia win games. That’s the most important thing.”
When asked by reporters if he was excited to play for Bahia, Adu said, “I am very excited about the possibility of playing for Bahia. This league is the league that I think personally fits my style of play. I always try to base my game on the Brazilian style and to get a chance to be here, it would be amazing.”
Adu continued, “I never thought of my self as playing, quote-unquote, an American style, I based my game on the Brazilian style because I love that. I love being able to express yourself. Here, you’re allowed to express yourself, you’re allowed to play, you’re allowed to enjoy football. So this, I think, would fit my style really well.”
Adu explained that a deal has been in the works for sometime. “This is something that my agent and Tiago, and everybody has been working on for a while now. To get a chance, like I said, I hope everything does get done. Hopefully we’re able to come to an agreement and hopefully I get to play here because I would like to play here, for sure.”
The globoesporte.com report indicates that Adu, described as “the American Pele,” will undergo medicals on Friday before a deal involving a swap for Kleberson can be signed. “If no problem is detected, Adu signs a contract until the end of the year. The official presentation does not yet have a set date, but, depending on the tests this Friday, may happen next Monday, in Fazendão.”
When asked about his fitness, Adu said, “Oh, everything is fine. I’ve obviously been working out – I haven’t trained with an actual team but I have a program I’ve been doing from the trainer, so it’s good.”
According to the report, a deal for Adu would run through the end of the year and save Bahia R$100,000, or about US$50,000, per month in wages.
For a Google translation of the globoesporte.com report, click here.
For audio of Adu talking to the press, click here.
I was already leaving, we had decided, and it was just about finding the right situation.