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Real Madrid target dubbed the ‘new Sadio Mane’ closing in on Ligue 1 move



Photo via Diario AS

Real Madrid have invariably kept tabs on top prospects in the world of football, with the cultivation of talent becoming a strategy that has become increasingly associated with Los Blancos.

As their recruitment strategy in recent years has shown, Real Madrid tends to keep a close eye on rising talents. The signings of Vinicius Jr, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Bellingham, Arda Guler and soon Endrick provide an insight into their approach in the transfer market.

As such, the Merengues were seen tailing another young prospect on the ascendancy, who goes by the name of Amara Diouf.

Touted as the next ‘Sadio Mane’, the Senegalese sensation recently made history by becoming the youngest player to debut for Senegal at just 15 years and 94 days.

Diouf has chosen his destination

As per Diario AS, in spite of interest from mega-heavyweights like Real Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Manchester City, and Arsenal, Diouf will eventually be taking his talents to Ligue 1.

He presently plays for Generation Foot, a Senegalese club affiliated with the French club Metz.

“At 18, Amara will go to FC Metz. It is our partner club, which has helped launch the careers of many Senegalese people,” exclaimed Mady Touré, founder and president of Génération Foot.

Mane’s words of advice

While it may appear unusual for a youngster to turn down major clubs, which included the Royal Whites, Diouf seems to be taking things gradually and one step at a time.

Sadio Mane, who has made a name for himself on the European scene, offered advice that influenced the teenage prospect’s decision.

‘Follow my footsteps’ (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Sadio Mane, the player’s role mode, told Diafou: “Sign for Metz, you won’t regret it. I went through the third division with this team, and look where I am now. The big clubs will still be there if you don’t miss the stages”

Indeed, competition at big clubs is always rising, and thus the likelihood of regular minutes would be minimal.

However, if young Diouf proceeds to make history, it cannot be ruled out that Madrid will return to inquire about him.

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Real Madrid retain total confidence in Carlo Ancelotti despite derby disaster – report



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Sunday night was a disappointing one for Real Madrid as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano.

The Merengues suffered their first defeat of the 2023/24 season as former striker Alvaro Morata scored a brace for the Rojiblancos while Antoine Griezmann was also on target.

Real Madrid might be feeling aggrieved by some of the calls made by the referee on the night but they were just not good enough to secure all three points at the Metropolitano.

Real Madrid retain full confidence in Ancelotti

Despite the disappointing performance and outcome, Real Madrid retain their full and total confidence in manager Carlo Ancelotti, reports Jose Felix Diaz (via RM4Arab).

There had been question marks about the team selection made by the manager for the derby against Atletico Madrid.

After all, the Italian opted to bench Joselu from the starting XI to bring in Luka Modric and shift the tactics.

Aurelien Tchouameni was also left out despite being one of the team’s strongest performers this season with Toni Kroos being preferred.

The Real Madrid hierarchy wishes for the manager to trust the next-gen midfield for the big games but Ancelotti’s selection indicated that he is still not ready to do so.

Despite there being some differences, the board retains full confidence in Ancelotti.

Ancelotti accepts blame for defeat

It was a disappointing performance from Real Madrid in their biggest test of the 2023/24 season so far and speaking after the match, manager Ancelotti accepted the blame for the outcome.

“Maybe I could have done it better. It’s pretty clear. When the team doesn’t do what it has to do, it’s my responsibility. It’s my fault,” Ancelotti said.

With the game done and dusted, Real Madrid now turn their focus towards producing a strong comeback when they face Las Palmas later this week.

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