Roma midfielder Ebrima Darboe spoke while on national team duty as he and the rest of Gambian national team prepare to face Guinea in the African Cup of Nations round of sixteen kicks-off later today.
The 20 year-old briefly discussed his growth under new manager José Mourinho and his journey to becoming a professional footballer.
“Mourinho has helped me a lot with my character,” Darboe told The Guardian.
“I was such a good person and he taught me that in football you don’t have to be too nice, you have to be nasty.”
The youngster also reflected on his voyage to Italy, where he arrived when he was 14 years-old after sailing from Africa for six months.
He said, “When I took the journey I did it to go and chase my dream, to have a better life, to continue learning and playing football.”
“I had no other choice. It was hard and I don’t like to talk about it much, but believe me it was not easy. I thank god that today I am here.”