Inter Miami signed head coach Phil Nevilleson Harvey conclude a contract on Tuesday.
Neville, 20, is a quarterback and the third player this season to sign with the first team after playing for Miami. MLS NEXT Pro sides, joining centre-back Aima Mabike and homegrown left-back Noah Allen.
“Yes, it was a long time ago. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time, so it’s just good to start and help the team. Well, I think it will always be like this. I think that he will always treat mee – he will always be stricter with me than with everyone else, but, frankly, I would prefer it to be so. I would like to earn my place on the team and just work harder than everyone else to do it.”
Neville spent time with both Valencia Academy in Spain and Manchester United Academy before coming to America.
“I think I am a very agile player. I like to go forward, I like a lot of sheds. Yes, so my technical ability is probably my strong point. it’s because I think in training you’ll prove to them that you’re good enough to be there. I deserve to be here, so that’s exactly what I’m trying to do..”
This season in MLS NEXT Pro, Neville has primarily played at right back and has recorded two assists in 15 matches (everything begins). At international level, Neville has played for the Republic of Ireland under-19s.
Phil Neville, Inter Miami head coach:
“There are two different emotions – one when I’m at home and the other when I’m at work. When I’m at work, he’s just another boy who came through our ranks, came through our system, played in MLS II. and deserved this opportunity – no different from (Edison) Ascona, from (Ian) Frey and from Noah Allen at the beginning of the season. obviously at home i’m super proud, he worked so hard, he sacrificed a lot, and he did it in such a way that he had to overcome a lot of problems, and one of these problems is that I became his manager. He knows he has to work and probably do more than anyone else, but he deserves it, and I told him the other day when he signed the contract that the hard work begins. He has to play better than (DeAndre) Yedlin, than Noah, than (Kieran) Gibbs – the players that are in his position and it’s a challenge, but we have a lot of faith in him.”
“He had this noise his whole career. He played for Manchester United and they threw it in his face… it was worse at Manchester United, he had his father and uncle thrown in his face, so he’s got thick skin, he’s very driven and everything he’s ever been either achieved in his life he had to earn himself. At the age of 11, he decided to go and sign with Manchester City, which was against all wishes in my family, but it was his decision. He wanted to create his own path, so he takes care of himself. He and his mom sort it out, I’m just a father at home and his father is at work. I’m his manager and that’s how it should be.. He knows he has to do more than everyone else, but like I said, he’s just another person that we see as part of our future football club.”