Back in March, Thierry Ambrose had a chat with SFR Sport in France during their show Le Vestiaire, and the forward revealed he’d received a personal boost from Pep Guardiola during a training session at Manchester City.
Taking him to one side after noticing the youngster was a bit nervous at the start of his first time working with the first-team, the Spanish manager told him to ‘stop worrying’ because he already knew everything about him and what he was capable of doing with the ball at his feet.
After that, Ambrose was sent on loan to NAC Breda in Holland, where he enjoyed a good season, before returning to Manchester City in the summer.
Aware he wouldn’t be making the first-team just yet with the likes of Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus in his way, the striker decided it was best to go out on loan again, choosing Lens in Ligue 2 as his playground.
Focused on helping the French side achieve its goals, the young forward has scored two goals and assisted his teammates twice in eight league appearances so far.
In his spare time, he was asked by Onze Mondial to talk abut himself a bit to give readers some background on what it took for him to be where he is today.
And, as you would expect him to, he only had praise for what Guardiola has done for him.
He said: “Once, he stayed 45 minutes with me after a training session to help me work on my finishing. For me, he’s the best manager in the world. He’s very specific and rigorous. He knows everyone, from the academy to the professional group.
“That the mark of a great manager. He doesn’t ignore anyone. He speaks to everyone, he’s open. When you’re a youth player and you see the first team manager come to you and give you tips, you’re in heaven. He emanates something positive”.