Berlin - Young, talented and a big game player - someone who fits the concept of what Hertha Berlin is all about. Someone who sees potential in the capital club. Someone who can make a name for himself in the future. Javairo Dilrosun is the first new signing of the summer. The 19-year-old joins from the Manchester City U23 setup and will take a big step towards professional football in Berlin.
herthabsc.de: Javairo, welcome to Hertha BSC! How did you first hear about the offer from Hertha?
Dilrosun: Hertha followed me and got in touch with my management. I was excited about the offer and found the option to come to Hertha interesting. Now I’m here!
herthabsc.de: Other clubs showed interest in you. What were your reasons for coming here?
Dilrosun: My first meetings with Michael Preetz and Pal Dardai went really well. They gave me a good impression and convinced me to come to Berlin. One of the other reasons was the commitment that Hertha show to young players. The club has a lot of young talents that have moved here and had the chance to shine. It’s a philosophy that I really like. Pál Dárdai told me that I’m a good fit for his system. I’m a winger and a lot of what Hertha do runs through the flanks.
herthabsc.de: You have experience playing for the Ajax and Manchester City youth setups, and now you’re trying to take the step up to professional football. How are you approaching this challenge?
Dilrosun: I’m going to continue to try and play to my strengths. I am aware of course that the Bundesliga is a step up from the English reserve league. I follow the Bundesliga and I understand that it’s one of the very best. I believe that Germany is a great place for young players like myself to grow. You have the opportunity to prove yourself and develop. I’ll have to work hard over the summer to get ready and come back to Berlin in the best possible shape, ready to go.
herthabsc.de: For everyone who doesn’t know you yet - who is Javairo Dilrosun?
Dilrosun: I’m a winger that can play on either the right or the left. Sometimes I can play centrally behind the striker, but I prefer the wing. I have a lot of pace, agility and technical ability. I love taking defenders on in one-on-ones. I’m left-footed, with room to improve on my right. I also want to become more efficient in front of goal by scoring more goals and getting more assists. Other than that I’m a fairly quiet person that doesn’t talk all that much (laughs).
herthabsc.de: The youth systems at Ajax and Manchester City have a very good reputation. How has being a part of those systems benefited you?
Dilrosun: I’m from Amsterdam and I played a lot of street football. I learnt a lot of my skills on the streets which I took into my time with Ajax and developed further. Football is more physical in England. I developed more in that regard during my time at City.
herthabsc.de: Karim Rekik is another Holland international that plays at Hertha and has followed a similar path to yourself. Is Karim a role model for you?
Dilrosun: I obviously know of Karim, but not on a personal level. I’ve already met his younger brother when I first came here, who plays for the Under-17s at the moment. I know that Karim is a good player and has already played in some top leagues. He was also at Manchester City before now. I’ll speak with him soon I’m sure and I look forward to getting to know him.
herthabsc.de: Have you ever been to Berlin before? What are you looking forward to doing the most in the German capital?
Dilrosun: Ich The first time I was in Berlin was for my meeting with Pál Dárdai and Michael Preetz. I also managed to see the remains of the Berlin wall during my visit. The city has a very interesting history. I’m really looking forward to getting to know the people here and obviously the Hertha fans above all. The Olympiastadion is an amazing stadium and it will definitely be cool to play there.
herthabsc.de: What do you like to get up to when you’re not playing football?
Dilrosun: I like to play Playstation. I don’t think anyone can beat me at FIFA. No-one (laughs). I don’t even think that Hertha’s eSports players stand a chance against me. I’m a family oriented person and I love spending time with them. My family is really important to me. I obviously also like to watch the odd TV series.
herthabsc.de: Preseason training begins on 28th June in Berlin. The summer break is almost upon us. Do you have any plans for that time?
Dilrosun: I want to go on holiday and relax for the first few weeks. Then I’ll come back and work with my personal trainer to be fully fit for when training starts.