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Former Barca youngster Mboula discusses Monaco life

Former Barcelona youngster Jordi Mboula has opened about his life at new club Monaco and his adaptation to the French league.

In an interview with the Ligue 1 club’s official website, the Spanish youngster goes into depth about his move from the Catalan club.

“I feel good. I’m actually surprised myself because I was a little apprehensive about coming, with new teammates, in a team that had just won the French title. But everything’s going well, I feel fine, calm. It’s the ideal start to a football career.

“Every since I was a little kid, I always lived with my parents, and now I’m on my own. It’s a new experience for me. I’m pleasantly surprised, because I’m handling the change very well.”

Having grown up in Catalonia, the 18-year-old said that he frequently returns to the region when not playing.

“I’m fairly quiet, I like to stay at home, rest and live my life. When I have friends over or when I have some spare time, I go back to Barcelona and do the things I used to do when I lived there.

“Yes, I like cinema a lot. After my football career, I’d like to study acting and do something in the movies. I like action movies. There are a lot of movies I like, but my favourite is I Am Legend.”

Mboula began his career in Barcelona’s youth teams, having grown up in the Granollers area, where he once played as a 10-year-old boy.

A quick progression through the famous La Masia saw him feature for the Juvenil A side, where he featured and performed in the UEFA Youth League.

His surprise move to Monaco came this summer in a fee of £2.7m and he has since featured for his new club in the Youth League, scoring two goals in two games.

He is not in the senior squad for this season, but is fully expected to be drafted in come next summer.

Mboula has featured for Spain’s youth teams, playing most recently for the U19 side but he is also available to represent Congo due his parents’ nationality.

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