Jurgen Damm has admitted it would be “wonderful” to return to Manchester United after spending a two week period on trial with the club in January.
The 20-year-old winger, brought to the club on a trial from Mexican side Estudiantes Tecos, has been told by staff at Carrington to follow a special diet and work-out regime to help him build muscle after being told his frame was too small.
Currently plying his trade in Mexico’s Second Division with Estudiantes, Damm is a very unknown quantity but his enthusiasm is certainly sky high after his successful trial at the club.
Speaking with Goal.com, Damm said: “They told me they liked my skills a lot and everything, but that I need to have more muscle and more intelligence to play faster.
“I’ve always said my natural physique is skinny, but they told me I need to build some more muscle.
“Manchester did some tests and sent me a program for the gym and for eating.
“They told me they were going to call me again, but they didn’t say an exact date.
“If there is some possibility of going back, it would be wonderful.”
Damm’s club Estudiantes is based in Guadalajara which is where Javier Hernandez played in Mexico before signing for Manchester United.
And Damm admitted that he built up an almost instant relationship with Hernandez in his short stay in England, citing it as one of the highlights of his trip.
“He told me to always give 100 percent in all trainings and to always be positive that I have the skills to do well so I can stay.”
“I talked with everyone, but the one who gave me advice was Chicharito because I was with him in the afternoons and before training I went to his house.
“He invited me to his box in Old Trafford when they were playing against Fulham.
“For two weeks they asked if I wanted to go eat with them, if I wanted to go to the mall…”
It’s unsurprising that Hernandez was so helpful given his approachable smile and kind nature but it is still fantastic to read about.
One interesting aspect to Damm is that due to his grandfather, he wouldn’t have to meet work permit regulations if he was to make the move to United in the summer – an aspect which almost thwarted Hernandez‘ move to United.
But according to the player’s representative, there are Spanish clubs already interesting in potentially signing the player. So, if United do want to make the move and sign him, it would have to be this summer.
It is something United have done in the past having moved swiftly to secure the signature of Angelo Henriquez this summer after an impressive first senior season in Chile to make sure nobody got there first and in many respects, Damm is very similar to Henriquez and Hernandez.
Both Henriquez and Hernandez moved to United with little first team experience and all three have an enthusiastic and hungry approach to their football.
With Hernandez, Henriquez, Valencia, Anderson, Fabio and Rafael all on the books already, United are building a bit of a South American contingency.
And if Damm sticks with the regime given to him by United, maybe he will make the move to United in the summer too.