A 15 year-old Malaysian footballer, Sean Gan Giannelli, will join Italian Club Atletico Arezzo's Under-17 team in the Tuscany region on Aug 20 after having impressed the club's coaches and technical staff.
Sean, who is of Italian-Malaysian parentage, is a student of Bukit Jalil Sports School and trains and plays with the Under-17 Bukit Jalil squad, the feeder squad of the Malaysian national team.
His father, Massimo, told Bernama from Milan that he was proud of his son's progress in the sport as he is the first Malaysian to enter Italy's youth football club system after attending trials in June.
"He is a very ambitious young man and his goal in life is to play professional football at the highest level in Europe and from what he has achieved so far, the sky is the limit," he said, adding that he was now making preparations for Sean's stay in Italy.
He said Sean, a striker, impressed with his pace and technical skills at Arezzo, a Serie D club now led by head coach Abel Balbo, a former Argentinian national player who had played alongside soccer legend Maradona.
Balbo, who had scored 150 goals in Italy's Serie A as a striker, had played with AS Roma, Udinese, Fiorentina, Parma and Boca Juniors.