I’ve known Nico since I was 13 years old. He was my fitness coach when I attended the football academy, also, during my attendance at the professional team of Auxerre. Before being a fitness coach, Nico is a man with values. He was a constant support when I had problems at the beginning of my professional carrier, and this continues today as we are still working together.

At the beginning of my professional carrier, I had an intense knee surgery; Nico was the only one who took the time to help me during this influential time in my career. His words and his support helped me come back; I was feeling his trust and guidance in getting back onto the field. When I was able to restart rehabilitation with Nico, I was starting at zero…

Nico made me work hard, he pushed me, we worked like crazy and after some weeks I came back to play with the team. He continued training me, and in the last 6 months of the season I scored 10 goals in 10 games, I won the U20 World Cup with the French national team and scored 4 goals for 1 assist. I signed a contract with Arsenal, which is my current team, and all this all happened within 1 year without playing because of my injury.

The hard work always pays off but surrounding yourself with the right people makes the benefit more than double. During this period Nico helped shaped the player and the man I wanted to be.

THANK YOU!

Yaya Sanogo

 
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