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Reiss Nelson ‘feels like a man’ after Hoffenheim loan

Reiss Nelson admits he “feels like a man” after joining Hoffenheim on loan from boyhood club Arsenal.

The 18-year-old has impressed for Die Kraichgauer this season, scoring 6 goals in 13 Bundesliga appearances.

However, despite his new-found taste for first team football, Nelson has eyes on returning to North London and making an impact in the Premier League.

“At the moment, I’m very happy here in Germany and playing and scoring,” he told the Mirror.

“I have my family with me in Heidelberg, which is a great place to be. We go out as a family to nice restaurants – life is good.

“I’m an Arsenal player. They are my boyhood club and I’ve been with them since I was eight.”

After an impressive full England debut last night, Jadon Sancho’s star continues to rise. Last week we went to see Sancho fellow 18yo talent Reiss Nelson in Germany, where their club careers are taking off, and ask if more British prospects could follow:

— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) November 16, 2018

“I just want to go back there stronger because, when I left, I was 17 and I didn’t feel that confident,” the teenager added.

“Now I feel like a man and I know a year at Hoffenheim will help me when I go back.

“But, at the end of the day, I have to stay here in Germany until the summer, do my job here and ­wherever football takes me.”

The Gunners have also sent promising midfielder Emile Smith Rowe on loan to RB Leipzig, who will be another hoping to impress in Germany.