Saturday Jan 18, 2020. 15:00
Striker Aliou Badji has expressed his delight at signing for Egyptian giants Al Ahly and is hopeful that the move will boost his international career with Senegal.
Badji was unveiled as a January signing for the Red Devils this past midweek, with the 22-year-old joining on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Austrian side Rapid Vienna.
The striker made his name with the Senegalese junior teams, featuring at the U-20 World Cup and U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in 2017.
Badji believes that a move to Cairo will help him achieve his greater career goals of playing for dream club Chelsea in the Premier League and featuring for Senegal’s Teranga Lions.
“I am concentrating with Ahly and I hope to achieve all the trophies with the team, but my dream is to wear Chelsea’s jersey one day, or play for one of the European top-flights like Barcelona or Real Madrid,” Badji told Ahly’s official website, as quoted by Ahram Online.
“English Premier League team Chelsea is my preferred team since I was a child,” the striker added.
“I hope playing for Ahly will help me to join Senegal’s senior national team squad during their participation in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
“I am looking forward to improving with Ahly, as it will be my way to book a regular place on the Senegal squad.”
Badji also revealed that newly-crowned African player of the year and compatriot Sadio Mane is a player he would like to emulate.
“Mane is a talented player and it’s honour for Senegal to have player like him,” he explained.
“I am always in contact with Mane via social media platforms and I will inform him that I preferred to join Ahly despite having more offers.”