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I first saw Marcello Trotta this summer in a pre-season friendly at AFC Wimbledon this summer. He came off the bench and scored in an otherwise forgettable Fulham performance and looked raw, but you could easily spot the potential.

The Italian striker, briefly on the books of Manchester City, has now signed a professional contract with the Whites and says he’s really enjoying the challenge of playing in England.

I could have stayed in Italy and played football near my house forever, that would have been easy. But this is my dream and you need to make sacrifices to achieve your dreams.

The hardest thing is being away from my family. When you are just 16 it’s tough. A lot of the time you are ok because you are playing football, but sometimes you want to go home, you want to see your friends and your family, but you can’t.

When you do get the chance to go home, it’s just for one night, and it never feels like enough. But it’s ok, this is the life I have chosen, it’s my job, it’s my dream.