Arsenal youngster Miguel Azeez has revealed he models his game on Sergio Busquets – and says he wants to be "the best football player in the world".
The 17-year-old also counts a Gunners legend among his idols, citing Patrick Vieira as another player he tries to emulate.
Midfielder Azeez appears to have a bright future ahead of him, and is eligible to play for England, Nigeria and Spain – with all three countries monitoring him as he learns his trade in Arsenal's Academy.
And in an interview with renowned European football expert Guillem Balagué, Azeez said he is not putting any limits on what he can achieve in his career.
"One of my idols is Sergio Busquets," said English-born Azeez when Balagué pointed out his style of play is like that of a Spanish midfielder.
"I think he has been the best holding midfielder for a very long time. He always seems to have space around him, always plays with his head up, one step ahead.
"For me, I like to put some of his game into mine.
"When players run at 100mph they can't really look at what is going on and sometimes you need to play with a little bit of composure. I always thought Patrick Vieira was a good player in that position as well."
Both players have been known for their physical presence in the middle of the pitch, and Azeez admitted he is already learning the art of tactical fouling.
"I've already got too many yellow cards this season," he said.
"I think I have six or seven already in about 15 games and most of the time they are because of tactical fouls, but I understand they are important because you have to stop a team from breaking and it's vital."
But Azeez has much more than just physicality to his game, and like his World Cup-winning idols, he wants to reach the very pinnacle of the world game.
"I would love to be the best football player in the world," he said.
"I have the attitude, I have the work rate so it's up to me to keep working hard and I would love to win lots of titles with my club and my country.
"I never doubt myself because if you have doubts it's hard to reach your top potential. My mum and dad have always told me that you need to believe in yourself and to carry on working to your dream because nothing is impossible."
While Azeez is targeting international success, it is not yet clear which country that will be with. Born to a Nigerian father and a Spanish mother, Azeez has been capped by England's under-18s, but says it would be an honour to represent any of those three nations.
"I was born in England so I'm technically English but my mum is Spanish and my dad is Nigerian so I've got all three nationalities in me, so it keeps me diversified as well, which is good," he said.
"I associate with all three because they are all in me. It would be an honour to play for a country that I am affiliated with.
"I have always believed that I have to keep my options open. To play for any country is a dream that any child has. The three countries are all definitely countries that you would want to be called up by."
Azeez grew up playing football with his brother Femi, who is on Reading's books. Asked if there was competition between the two of them as youngsters, he said: "No we pushed each other in the healthiest way possible.
"We both love each other and we both want each other to be the best. So in training we both push each other as hard. If he can do better I will tell him and he will do the same with me.
"As long as I remember I have always loved football. Football is my passion. Against other kids I was constantly scoring and getting an amazing amount of goals and I soon figured out that I was good at this sport and I loved it so I just pursued it."
Azeez is held in high regard by Arsenal's coaches, among them former Gunners Freddie Ljungberg, Steve Bould and Per Mertesacker.
Asked if he has spoken yet to manager Mikel Arteta, Azeez replied: "Not personally one to one but when we train with them we obviously get some feedback.
"He understands the game and is one of the best managers because he has a different look at football and how it is evolving all the time.
"Freddie has told me to keep training the way I am and to keep believing in myself, and Steve Bould who has the under-23s has told me to keep playing the way I do because the exposure will definitely come.
"Also Per Mertesacker has also told me to keep believing because an opportunity will arise for me in the first team and when it does I will grab it with both hands."
Azeez was first asked to train with the England set-up as a 14-year-old, and said: "I received an email after training that I had been selected for training with England.
"I was buzzing, looking forward to getting started with them. I was over the moon. I was jumping for joy. It was my country so obviously it is the biggest thing possible."
And the teenager said he is prepared to go to whatever lengths it takes to achieve his dreams in the game.
"I'm never satisfied with what I do," he said. "If there is more to do, then I will do it.
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"I'm always the first to arrive at training and the last to leave and do any extras I can to make myself the best possible player that I can be. That has to be your mindset if you want to be the very best."
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"I'm always looking into the future as to my possible career path and as I said it would be an honour to play for any country because that is the highest possible level that you can play at and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
- Miguel Azeez was talking exclusively to BBC European football expert Guillem Balague, to hear the full interview go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/guillembalaguevideos
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