Leo Da Silva Lopes chats to iFollow Latics after his move from Peterborough United.
- Interview: Leonardo Da Silva Lopes on his move from Peterborough United.
- 19-year-old excited to tackle new challenge at Wigan Athletic.
- Portugal Under 20 international ready for the Sky Bet Championship.
Speaking to iFollow Latics after his move to Wigan Athletic from Peterborough United, 19-year-old Leonardo Da Silva Lopes said he has 'no fear' about tackling his new challenge and life in the Sky Bet Championship.
"I'm very excited to sign for Wigan Athletic, it's a club with great history and its a club that is always thinking forwards.
"The prospect of playing in the Championship in a quality team like this is a different challenge but one I'm really excited for.
"I shouldn't have any fear, maybe a few nerves, but no fear."
Da Silva Lopes' rise through the Peterborough academy has been swift, especially when you consider he only arrived in England seven years ago. He continued:
"I was born in Portugal and I came to England when I was 12-years-old. I didn't play football for around a year after I arrived in the country and then I joined a Sunday league side called Powerleague. I got scouted by Peterborough United from there and next thing I knew I was making my debut for them.
"I made my debut when I was 16-years-old and since then I've played over 100 games.
"You wouldn't think a 19-year-old would play over 100 games, so I've definitely got to thank Peterborough and the managers that have trusted me in the past."
On his style of play, Da Silva Lopes added:
"I've worked hard. It's no good if I'm good technically but don't work hard because that won't get me anywhere. I'll always work hard, even if I'm not playing particularly well I'll always work hard to contribute to the team.
"I like to get on the ball as much as possible no matter what position I'm playing. I've played right back, right wing back and in midfield during my time at Peterborough, but I've always looked to get up the pitch and contribute."
An international for Portugal's Under 20s, Da Silva Lopes hopes his switch to Latics can help to continue his involvement with his national team.
"Playing for Portugal was a dream come true because I've always wanted to play for Portugal. To say I've played for my country is a real honour and hopefully being at Wigan Athletic can help me progress for my country."