In 2022, Jesper Lindstrom, a 22-year-old attacking midfielder, received the Europa League with Eintracht. He additionally scored Frankfurt’s first ever Champions League aim and performed for Denmark on the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Now, the Arsenal FC goal participant discusses his future with Forbes contributor Marie Schulte-Bockum.
It is Tuesday, January tenth, 7pm native time in Dubai, when Lindstrom slides into view on my Zoom name. His membership is in Dubai for his or her mid-season coaching camp. Carrying an Eintracht Frankfurt hoodie, Lindstrom sits in a nondescript lodge convention room together with his again towards a beige wall.
The younger Dane smiles into the digital camera. He says he is drained. That is no shock after six days of intense coaching within the desert metropolis. In half an hour, at 7:30 p.m., he has to sprint away once more for a group assembly with coach Oliver Glasner. He appears completely happy and relaxed. The 22-year-old has a lot to be smiling about.
Arsenal, Dortmund and Leipzig need Jesper Lindstrom
Frankfurt signed Lindstrom from Danish membership Brondby in the summertime of 2021 for a price of round $9 million. Since then, the attacking midfielder has scored 11 targets and supplied 7 assists in 43 Bundesliga video games. Lindstrom’s dynamic and technical enjoying fashion has caught the attention of Europe’s largest golf equipment.
Now valued at over $30 million by Transfermarkt, a soccer database web site, few consider that Lindstrom will keep in Frankfurt till the tip of his contract in 2026.
German tabloid BILD, often well-informed in soccer, reported final September that Arsenal FC was retaining tabs on the younger Dane. By October, German giants Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig reportedly joined the pursuit of Lindstrom. However the Arsenal rumors caught. Coach Mikel Arteta has needed a brand new attacking possibility for midfield and the wings for fairly a while.
Early in January, it regarded like Arsenal had discovered their man in Ukrainian winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, 22. Then, simply as a switch to Arsenal appeared imminent, London rivals Chelsea FC stepped in and paid a sensational price of $76 million to Shakhtar Donezk for Mudryk’s companies. (The price might go on to exceed $100 million with performance-based add-ons.)
Denmark Star Lindstrom is Blissful at Eintracht Frankfurt
Europe’s winter switch window closes at midnight on Tuesday, January thirty first. Solely time will inform what meaning for Jesper Lindstrom.
For now, he appears comfy in his black Frankfurt hoodie. His eyes brighten up as he talks about well-known teammates like Mario Gotze or Kevin Trapp. At Eintracht, the 22-year-old is within the beginning line-up for nearly each match.
As Lindstrom shares on this unique interview, he can think about staying with Frankfurt for years to return.
In 2022, you received the Europa League with Eintracht Frankfurt. This season, you certified for the Champions League Spherical of 16 towards Napoli. You are at the moment 4th within the Bundesliga. What’s Frankfurt’s secret?
Lindstrom: We now have steadiness between the younger gamers and the leaders, like Kevin Trapp, Sebastian Rode, Mario Gotze and Timothy Chandler.
Us younger gamers, we need to go ahead and rating targets within the recreation. The extra skilled gamers all the time inform us, you’ll be able to keep calm typically. Stick with the group, you’ll be able to go ahead after we go. They offer us lots of good recommendation.
These guys have lots of expertise. They assist hold us younger guys grounded.
Eintracht’s younger technology contains French striker Randal Kolo Muani (24), Japan’s attacking midfielder Daichi Kamada (26), Swiss midfielder Djibril Sow (25) and German wing-back Ansgar Knauff (21), on mortgage from Dortmund. What’s your aim at Frankfurt?
Lindstrom: I need to qualify for UEFA
Take a look at Kolo Muani on the World Cup. He simply wants to attain the final shot within the remaining towards Argentina after which he could be a hero in France. However that is soccer. He is a prime man and he is a prime participant. He did a lot for our group within the Bundesliga and the Champions League.
Daichi as effectively, Mario as effectively, Djibril, Ansgar… now we have so many good gamers. They make me higher and hopefully I make them higher. If we hold going like this, now we have a vibrant future forward.
Coach Oliver Glasner led Frankfurt to the Europa League title and the Champions League Spherical of 16. What’s it like working with him?
Lindstrom: In Denmark, they all the time say once you go to a international nation, you are by yourself. That you must be mentally robust as a result of often you will not know why you do not play.
However with Oliver Glasner, I believe he is an awesome coach for me. He trusts me and he provides me the possibility to play frequently.
Are you able to give an instance of Glasner’s teaching fashion?
Lindstrom: He’s very bold. I’ve labored with him for a yr and a half now. After we have been enjoying towards West Ham within the Europa League, I received a small harm in my hamstring. 4 or 5 weeks later, I educated with the group once more. That was one week earlier than the Europa League remaining – and Glasner put me within the beginning line-up within the remaining. He confirmed me that he believed in me, believed that I can flip the sport to our benefit.
One other beauty of Glasner is his communication with us. When you do not play or once you’re not even within the squad, he all the time talks with these gamers.
There are coaches who by no means discuss with the gamers individually. Then the participant walks round pondering, am I distant from the group? What did I do fallacious since I am not enjoying? Glasner all the time sees which gamers he wants to speak to.
Your contract at Eintracht runs till 2026. Will you keep in Frankfurt that lengthy?
Lindstrom: Many individuals say that in some unspecified time in the future, you must go to an even bigger membership. But it surely’s additionally concerning the undertaking. Something can occur in soccer.
However I prefer it right here. I believe everyone likes it right here. Final summer time, we introduced in Mario Gotze. I do not assume he would go simply anyplace. So it is a praise for Eintracht that they will carry him or additionally Randal Kolo Muani and Lucas Alario onboard.
I need to make historical past right here. In fact, everyone needs to play on the highest stage, and we’re on a extremely good path.
I’m completely happy that I’m a part of the membership proper now.
You represented Denmark on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. What was it like enjoying for the nationwide group with stars like Christian Eriksen or Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg?
Lindstrom: While you’re a child, you all the time need to characterize your nation. Taking part in to your membership feels excellent, nevertheless it’s not the identical as enjoying to your nation, as a result of it is your nation.
You need to present everyone what Denmark means to you. I play with guys like Christian Eriksen, Pierre-Emil Hojbjerg from Tottenham, Kasper Schmeichel, and in addition Andreas Christensen from Barcelona. They’re prime gamers, however you do not see it like this once you go to the nationwide group. You simply see them as colleagues and as mates.
Taking part in for the nationwide group exhibits that I did one thing proper in my previous, in any other case I’d not play alongside these gamers. At 22 years outdated, I performed in my first World Cup and performed lots of minutes in all three video games.
On the World Cup, Denmark positioned final in Group D, whereas France and Australia went by to the knock-out phases. Have been you disillusioned?
Lindstrom: All of us thought that within the World Cup we’d attain the following spherical, however one thing was lacking. We now have two years till the Euros 2024 and now we have to coach very arduous. We need to do higher within the subsequent event. I’ll do my finest to be chosen for the nationwide group once more.
That can be your first Euros event with Denmark – and it is taking place in your present residence, Germany. Will you compete for the title in 2024?
Lindstrom: I am the kind of participant who all the time goals large. In case you do not dream large, you by no means attain large targets. I’ve this eagerness in me that I need to win the Euros. We did not play effectively within the World Cup, however Denmark has robust gamers in each place.
It is two years away, however I believe we can have probability on the Euros. We’re among the best groups, that means not simply particular person gamers, however as a group. We now have an excellent group spirit within the group and everyone fights for Denmark. So I dream large and if it goes effectively, we are able to go a good distance within the event.
I am completely happy that it’s in Germany as a result of I really feel at residence there now.
Who was the very best participant you’ve got confronted thus far?
Lindstrom: Kylian Mbappé. He is prime stage. He scored two targets towards us within the World Cup, so it is troublesome to not say him.
Soccer careers are quick. Most gamers retire between the age of 30 and 35. To safe their monetary future, some gamers spend money on property, shares or companies whereas they’re nonetheless energetic. Are you already enthusiastic about investing?
Lindstrom: In fact. I discuss with my agent and the folks round me about cash. I simply purchased an residence in Denmark. I do not actually make investments but as a result of it nonetheless feels new to me to earn cash. It is solely been one and a half years since I got here from Denmark to the Bundesliga.
I like to ensure my future is secure. Let’s examine what occurs with investments. I am solely 22 years outdated, so hopefully I nonetheless have a few years left to play.
Eintracht Frankfurt will host Schalke this Saturday, January twenty first, for his or her first Bundesliga match since November 2022 (Reside on ESPN+ at 9:30am ET).
Lindstrom and his teammates have additionally certified for the UEFA Champions League Spherical of 16, the place they’ll face Italian Serie A leaders Napoli on February twenty first (CBS, Paramount+ and fuboTV at 3pm ET) and on March fifteenth (CBS, Paramount+ and fuboTV at 3pm ET).