Senegal or France? Cheikh Niasse (re)speaks!

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Cheikh Niasse, Franco-Senegalese defensive midfielder for the Youngs Boys of Bern in Switzerland, has not yet decided between Senegal and France. While his last statements on this subject had been controversial, the person concerned wanted to clarify things.

At 23, Cheikh Niasse is undoubtedly having the best season of his young career. With his club leading the Swiss championship with a 17-point lead over Servette FC, the 1.88 meter defensive midfielder finally confirms the potential he had seen during his youth. Trained at LOSC without really having had a chance (5 appearances in Ligue 1), he is now attracting much more attention.

If he had caused controversy for having at first seemed privileged the Blues to the Lions of Terangathe player wanted to restore the truth of his interview with Foot Mercato in an interview with theAPSthis time without going through his agent: “The question that was asked to me did not concern the A selection of France, but the Espoirs selection, because I remain selectable in the Espoirs team in which I have many friends with whom I played in the teams young people in Lille. As I had been selected in U16, U17, U19 and U20 with France, the logical continuation is the Hopes. So, I replied that I would be delighted to play in the Espoirs selection with my childhood friends, which remains a goal.

Before adding:When making a choice between the two A selections, I will. But, until today, it is not yet the case, because none of the selection appealed to me”. The native of Gossas (Senegal) also took the opportunity to declare his admiration for the Lions: “I follow all the matches of the national A team of Senegal and I am very proud of their journey at the AFCON and the world cup“.

A blocked future in Blues?

Although he is very talented, will the Franco-Senegalese one day be selected for the Blues ? Without even mentioning the ex-tauliers Paul Pogba and N’golo Kanté who have probably not yet said their last word, the question may arise as the workforce of Didier Deschamps is full of talent, especially in the middle. Adrien Rabiot, Youssouf Fofana, Aurélien Tchouaméni or Khéphren Thuram to name a few… There are many talents in the midfield of the reigning vice-world champions!

If he has – a priori – more chances of getting a place in Aliou Cissé’s team, Senegal is a nation which also has a plethora of talents in the midfield (Nampalys Mendy, Pape Matar Sarr, Pathé Ciss…) and it is only by confirming his good current performances that he will have a chance to integrate the selection of the Lions, winners of the last CAN and quarter-finalists of the world cup in Qatar.

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