Pietro Pellegri unfazed by Monaco transfer fee

GENOA, GE - SEPTEMBER 20: Pietro Pellegri of Genoa before the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and AC Chievo Verona at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 20
Image: Pietro Pellegri is the world's most expensive 16-year-old at £17.5m

The world's most expensive 16-year-old Pietro Pellegri inists he is not bothered by the large sum of money Monaco paid to sign him from Genoa.

Pellegri left his boyhood club to join the reigning French champions for a fee of £17.5m on Saturday after making just 9 first-team appearances.

The forward. who was the first player born in 2001 to score in Serie A, is unfazed by the figures involved in the deal taking him to the French Riviera and is looking forward to getting started at his new club.

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When asked about his price tag, the teenager told Sky in Italy: "I don't care about the money, at the moment I just want to play, enjoy myself and reach my goals.

"Yes, I am very happy to start this new adventure and be a player of this team.

"I haven't met anyone yet. I will meet everyone, including the manager, on Tuesday at the training.

"I thank Genoa for what you've done, but the time has come to say goodbye."

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Pellegri had made seven appearances for Genoa this season, scoring two goals.

Monaco announced the deal less than 24 hours after Southampton completed the signing of Guido Carrillo on a three-and-a-half-year deal from the Ligue 1 side.

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