U.S. national team midfielder Gio Reyna has the potential that will allow him to “play for one of the best five teams in the world”, says one of his former coaches.
At just 18 years of age, the hot prospect is already an established performer in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund and with the senior United States national team with nine caps to his name.
The sky would appear to be the limit for Reyna as his stock continues to soar and Raphael Wicky, who worked with the youngster in the U.S. Under-17 ranks, believes a big-money transfer could be on the cards at some stage.
Wicky, who spent time in Germany during his playing days and is now coach of MLS side Chicago Fire, told Sport Bild : “Gio Reyna has star potential.
“Even as his coach with the U17s, I was blown away by his unbelievable game intelligence and technical abilities, combined with his superb physical conditioning.
“He struck gold with his transfer to Germany. Training at BVB, he’s improved his game against the ball and defensive game. He fights for the good of the team and has internalised a winning mentality.
“If Gio continues to develop like this, he can go up another level and play for one of the best five teams in the world, including Bayern Munich.”
Could Reyna leave Dortmund?
The talented teenager will not be going anywhere any time soon after signing a long-term contract with Dortmund in November 2020.
That deal is due to take him through to 2025 and he is feeling settled in his current surroundings.
Reyna has taken in 69 appearances for BVB, scoring 10 goals across those outings.
He is the kind of player that Bayern and several other European heavyweights will have on their radar, but he will not be easy — or cheap — to pry from Signal Iduna Park.