Daouda Peeters, Africa-born, Belgium-adopted: “Italy is my future”

Daouda Peeters was born in Africa, grew up in Belgium and is now looking to further his career in Italy, with Sampdoria.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who is getting to know Marco Giampaolo and his team-mates at Doria’s pre-season training camp in Ponte di Legno after joining from Club Brugge, took some time out to speak to Samp TV about his past and and his future aspirations.

“I was born in Guinea and when I was six years old I was adopted in Belgium. I’ve played football ever since. I moved from Lierse to Brugge when I was 16 and learnt a lot during my three years there. This is another big step for me to come here to Italy.

“I know Sampdoria are a great club. I’ve watched some of their matches and seen they play good football. That’s important to me.”

The Belgium U19 international admitted it was tough to see the senior side lose to France in the World Cup semi-finals.

“I think we were the better team but Belgium are a big footballing country now. We have a lot of talent and some top teams in the domestic league, as well as some great players. [Omar] Colley and [Dennis] Praet, for example, I know from Belgium and they’re great players.”

Daouda also spoke about his personal targets for the coming season.

“I think both the youth team and the first team will be important for me. I want to do well with the Primavera but also train regularly and be part of the senior squad.”