Wednesday Jul 21, 2021. 09:00
Senegal international Fode Ballo-Toure has admitted that his recent transfer to Italian giants AC Milan came as a surprise.
The 24-year-old joined Milan from French Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco on a five-year deal after impressing during the 2020/21 season.
Ballo-Toure, who is a left-back, played 24 matches in Ligue 1 and provided three assists as Monaco qualified for the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League.
“At first I didn’t even believe it. For me, it is just incredible. When I heard that it was true I still couldn’t believe it until I got to Milan. It is so exciting, I am really happy,” Ballo-Toure told Milan TV as quoted by RossoneriBlog.
“It is a dream come true for me. How to describe me… I play aggressively, I am quick, focused, and mentally strong. I am a good person! I would like to tell the fans that I will give 200% for the shirt.
“It won’t always be easy but I hope they support me. Football has ups and downs, I hope they help me in tough moments. I’ll give everything to succeed and make them happy.”
Ballo-Toure is looking forward to playing in the UEFA Champions League with Milan, who have won the competition seven times.
“Yes, I have never played in it. With Lille we finished second, then I went to Monaco who had not qualified,” the former Paris Saint Germain reserve team player continued.
“The Uefa Youth League is not a senior tournament, it is for young players. It is similar, but not at the same level. The Champions League is incredible so I hope to play in it soon to showcase my level and go as far as possible with Milan.”
Ballo-Toure was born in France to parents of Senegalese descent and he was a youth international for France, but he decided to represent Senegal at senior level, over France.
“My mother is Senegalese. I played for the French youth teams, but then the Senegal coach called me. I saw it as a big chance and we got on well. I wanted to honor my mother who was born in Senegal, so I chose Senegal,” he concluded.
He made his debut for Senegal in a 0-0 draw against Congo on 26 March 2021 and he has since accumulated two caps.