When Dundee United new boy Darko Bodul reveals he was told when he was a youth player he was one of the biggest talents at his club, it sounds a bold statement.
When you learn that club was Ajax, it becomes huge.
And when he goes on to tell you the men uttering those words were Dutch superstars Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp, it’s absolutely massive.
Others also liked him and, at one stage, there was talk of a swap deal with Spurs for Gareth Bale.
If you still think he’s bragging, the smiling Austrian-Croat is quick to admit he hasn’t fulfilled the potential he showed at a young age. Not yet, anyway.
At 26, he’s come to United determined to prove he still can and justify the belief those greats of the game had in him.
By the time he reached Ajax while still a teenager, Bodul had already had an eventful life.
Born in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo in 1989, but of Croatian heritage, he moved with his family to Austria when he was just a kid.
At 15 he was spotted by Dutch outfit Heerenveen and, after starring for their youths, was snapped up by the Amsterdam giants.
While it would be going too far to say he went off the rails there, he knows he didn’t progress as well as he should have.
“My first club in Holland was Heerenveen. I was a youth player there and I did a great job.
“That’s why Danny Blind, a big name, took me to Ajax.
“Van Basten was the coach, Bergkamp the strikers coach.
“It was a fantastic step to go to a big club. But I was young and alone in Holland. I didn’t have the right people around me.
“I was young and when you are young you don’t think.
“That was my bad time and that’s why I didn’t reach the top then.”
Despite those problems, he did get close and broke into the senior squad.
That led to his one competitive appearance which saw him partner a certain Luis Suarez in attack for 45 minutes as Ajax beat Vitesse Arnhem in an Eredivisie match.
He moved on five years ago and has been something of a football nomad since, with spells in Portugal and Denmark as well as a couple back in Austria.
During those travels he’s scored a few goals, most notably at Sturm Graz in his adopted homeland.
Married now, he knows the time has come to reach the heights of which he’s capable and believes United is the perfect place to do that for a prolonged period.
Indication of that comes when he explains he had a long chat with manager Jackie McNamara before signing for the Tangerines which seems to have developed into a job interview for both parties.
“I met with the coach (manager Jackie McNamara) and we had a nice talk. He told me about the club and the team. That’s why I chose this side.
“There were some teams from Holland interested, some from Austria.
“I had to make the next step and this was my choice because the coach gave me the best feeling about the club.
“I think he likes to play football and that is my way, my idea of how to play football. It is a very important thing for me — I do not like the long ball.
“I had a lot of questions for him and he gave me good answers. I hope it is going to be like he said.”