Teenage attacker Sebastian Soto demonstrated the facilities on offer at Hannover's new-look academy. - © © imago / Rainer Droese
Teenage attacker Sebastian Soto demonstrated the facilities on offer at Hannover's new-look academy. - © © imago / Rainer Droese
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US prodigy Sebastian Soto guides former Germany Chancellor Gerhard Schröder around Hannover academy

United States youth international Sebastian Soto had an unusual training partner at Hannover this week – former Germany chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

Real Salt Lake academy product Soto left his homeland earlier this summer to link up with the Bundesliga side, following in the footsteps of fellow 18-year-old American Chris Gloster.

Soto has already scored twice in four matches for Hannover’s under-19 team – where he plays alongside left-back Gloster – and on Wednesday the Californian had the honour of showing 74-year-old Schröder around.

As well as being chancellor of Germany from 1998 to 2005, Schröder is a well-known Hannover supporter and board member. Soto helped the retired politician discover some of the facilities at the club’s academy, which was opened in 2016 following an investment of around €18 million.

- © imago / Rainer Droese