Ianis Hagi, son of legendary Romanian Number 10, Gheorghe, will become a star in Italy insists former striker Adrian Mutu.
The 17-year old playmaker joined up with Fiorentina this summer after his father’s club, Viitorul, agreed his sale, and Mutu – himself a former Fiorentina star – believes he has the ability to live up to the extra hype that surrounds him, if afforded the time to grow, telling Digi Sport:
Ianis is a very talented guy, but his problem is that he’s still very young. Italy should be patient.
He probably needs to add 4-5kg of muscle because he seems very frail. But his talent isn’t in question.
Fiorentina’s other Romanian, goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu, echoed those sentiments not long after the young Hagi joined up with the club by stating:
Ianis has integrated very well and our style of play favours him. He’s a serious boy and in the future will surely become a great player for Fiorentina and the national team of Romania.
Meanwhile, Mutu expressed his own personal delight at being voted into the Fiorentina fans’ dream team, in celebration of the club’s 90th year anniversary.
It was a surprise that I was voted by fans. It is a team containing Batistuta, Baggio, Rui Costa or Antognoni – this is something that fills me with pride.