"I have my desires, I accept them," says M'Baye Niang. Desires elsewhere. Desires for grandeur. Desires to cross a course. Certainly, the Senegalese international striker, interviewed by Canal + , "(would) enjoy continuing to Stade Rennais" if he could not find takers, but the idea is clear: "Find a big club". Understand, bigger than Stade Rennais, “without denigrating” the Breton team, “which is a good club, a very good club. It was the club that allowed me to be happy and rediscover the joy of playing football. ”
M'Baye Niang tempted by Marseille?
️ "If I have the sports project as I had in Rennes, for me to lower my salary a little does not bother me, because I will take pleasure" pic.twitter.com/5vlNu5oatv
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Leaving his Caen cocoon very early for AC Milan, in 2012, Niang has in fact especially chained the loans (Montpellier, Genoa, Watford, Torino), with 12 goals in 79 games for the Rossonero all the same, before be definitively transferred to Torino in 2018 (€ 12 million) and… immediately loaned to Brittany. Author of a successful 2018-19 season, both individually (11 goals in 29 Ligue 1 matches) and collective (4th place in L1, victory in the Coupe de France), he managed to convince Olivier Létang and the Breton leaders to exercise the purchase option available to them (€ 15 million). Moreover, M'Baye Niang admits that the surprise departure of President Létang, at the beginning of last February, "played a lot in (his) reflection".
"OM? It's flattering, there is no smoke without fire… ”M'Baye Niang
It remains to be seen where the robust attacker (1.88m) could find his happiness. In recent weeks, we have often seen his name associated with OM. No coincidence. "My wife is from Marseille, I like Marseille, I am often there," he says. So, Niang at OM, is it possible? "That's flattering. There is no smoke without fire ”, he slips for the Canal Football Club . And to clarify, without hiding: "There have been discussions, but today, there is nothing concrete. It is a club that interests me, a club that has a good history and warm supporters, as I like. If it has to be done, it will be with great pleasure. And whatever happens, Stade Rennais will remain in my heart, it's a club that has revived me. ”
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A club in which Niang, 25, is under contract until 2023. The striker with 15 goals in 36 games in all competitions in 2019-20 is also well aware of the financial constraints and "problems" of the 'OM. "If I have the sports project as I had in Rennes, I can lower my salary because I will take pleasure and win trophies", he promises, sliding in passing that "other clubs can (him) please as much. (...) In France there are clubs that probe and try to know under what conditions I can come. Abroad too. In England all clubs are looking for attackers. I sort. In the end there will only be one left. ” The whole question being which one ...
And to conclude: “I am 25 years old, I understood how football works, how to change a locker room, how do coaches and leaders think. Today I’m good at it. ” And ready to take off this summer? It will in any case be one of the hot, burning issues of the new Rennes president Holveck and his likely future sports director, Florian Maurice. Not the only one, with Eduardo Camavinga being very courted too ...
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