Sunday Aug 02, 2020. 13:00
Senegal international Dame N’Doye is the best striker in the history of Danish giants FC Copenhagen and Superliga.
This is according to Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken, who praised the 35-year-old marksman following two his successful stints with the club.
Having netted 118 goals in 218 appearances across all competitions for the reigning Superliga champions, N’Doye has left the team after failing to reach an agreement with the club’s management over a new deal.
“N’Doye is without a doubt the best striker in the history of the club and the Superliga, and he writes himself in the history books as one of the greatest ever at FCK. There can be no two opinions about that,” Solbakken told the club website.
“We also had a desire to keep him in the club for another year despite his serious injuries, but he has declined the offer of the contract extension we had presented. We offered both a short-term deal so he could play against Basaksehir and also an extension until next summer.
“It is clear that the serious injuries and his age have meant that we have had to be responsible in relation to the finances of the contract, but we stretched ourselves as far as we possibly could in the current situation and we have made two good and fair deals, we believe.”
N’Doye helped Copenhagen clinch four Superliga titles and two Danish Cups, while also finishing as the league’s top goalscorer on two occasions, but Solbakken believes that they can cope without their legend.
“We are sad that we have not been able to reach an agreement, but we have been through a lot together and we part as friends with lots of respect for each other,” Solbakken added.
“There were some who questioned us when we brought N’Doye back to FCK a few years ago, but he has shown that he is a player at the highest international level when he is injury-free. At the same time he is a leader by virtue of his strength and mentality, and we will miss him at the club, but the door will always be open for him.
“Now that we won’t have N’Doye among the forward options, we now have a situation where the likes of Jonas Wind, Michael Santos and Mikkel Kaufmann can play as pure strikers, while Mohamed Daramy and Viktor Fischer can also play in forward positions,” he said.
“We must now analyse how that formation can work, and whether we need to adjust further there.”
N’Doye, who is a former Lokomotiv Moscow, Hull City AFC and Sunderland AFC player, has played 26 international matches for Senegal and netted seven goals.