'Everyone here wants to be the best football player' - Szereto targeting Premier League chance

The 17-year-old midfielder has already featured for Stoke City's U23 side and is hoping to earn a first-team opportunity in the near future


Krisztofer Szereto is a man on a mission, with the Hungarian youngster determined to make his mark at Stoke City.

The 17-year-old midfielder was snapped up by the Potters last summer, with his potential spotted early and added to their academy ranks.

Szereto has impressed during his short time in England, with a step up already made from U18 to U23 level.

There is still plenty for the youngster to work on, but he believes his game has improved and admits to setting lofty targets as he looks to further himself amid fierce competition and grace a Premier League stage.

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“I have evolved my technical and physical skills a lot,” Szereto told Goal.

“I think both the trainings and the matches are better here than in Hungary. Here, everyone wants to be the best football player.”

On his plans for the future, he added: “I don’t want to say yes or no, but I hope I will have a chance to play in the fist team.”

For now, though, Szereto’s focus is locked on climbing through the youth ranks at the bet365 Stadium and proving himself worthy of a full-time deal.

“I just turned 17 and I really hope that I will get my professional contract,” he said.

“They told me that I shouldn’t be scared, because I will have it in July. Furthermore, I would like to be a first-team member for the U23 team.”

Szereto has already turned out at that level, but feels he has a lot more to offer if given an opportunity to showcase his true ability.

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He added on his U23 debut: “I think it was a good start, but I’m a little bit concerned about it, because I didn’t have much time to play. And that’s why I couldn’t show what I can do.”

There are plenty of helping hands at Stoke to aid Szereto’s development, with countryman Mate Deczki a welcome presence as he continues to adapt to new surroundings.

On his settling in period, the youngster said: “It was a little bit hard for me, because I studied German language and not English.

“It took me a little while to fit in the team. I’ve developed a lot since I arrived. My team-mate Mate Deczki helped me a lot at the beginning.”