the sincere mea culpa of Keita Baldé

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Interviewed by the newspaper Recordthe Senegalese international Keita Baldé (28 years old, 40 caps, 6 goals) spoke about his ” bad choice “ career and his ambitions in selection with the Lions.

While the world was reaching out to him on his debut at La Masia (Barça’s training center), Keita Baldé will not have confirmed the expectations placed on him. After four years spent at Lazio in Rome, from where he was poached by AS Monaco for 30 million euros in the summer of 2017, the native of Arbùcies in Spain shone with his inconstancy, chaining loans inconclusive at Inter, Sampdoria and Cagliari. Arrived free at Spartak Moscow in August 2022, the ambidextrous seems to be reborn from his ashes (4 goals, 1 assist in 12 appearances).

“I admit I made bad choices”

Looking back for the newspaper RecordBaldé mentioned some ” bad choice “ who deviated from the trajectory that was promised to him. “I admit that I made bad choices in my career, but here we have to assumehe said. I don’t think there are any regrets because I’m still young, I’m still old enough to work well, to still reach the top. That’s what I have to do, I’m determined. Now I think I have to chart my course. I went to big European clubs. I must continue to work and make good choices in the future. »

The winner of CAN 2021 also suffered a few hard blows which deprived him of playing time for several months, between September and December 2022, following in particular a suspension for doping control violation in Cagliari. “The suspension came like that and I didn’t expect it. It was sad but that’s life, you have to be strong and always work. If I cry every time, it’s not good for me. Every day I have to work. I have always trained well. I was hiding to practice in order to be ready. I came back to play and I give myself the possibilities.he confided.

Heading for CAN 2023?

Playing time, Baldé hopes to find some in the national team, after his suspension which deprived him of the 2022 World Cup with Senegal. “By winning the first CAN in the history of Senegal, my dream of winning a trophy with Senegal came true. Now, we have a duty to reiterate the same in Côte d’Ivoire. I will proudly say that we have a great team, a strong team, capable of achieving many good things. We have a lot of players capable of making the difference when the situation is complicated. We are ready for the next African Cup and we have nothing to envy to the others. We are a big team with a lot of solutions”, confessed the former Laziale. All that remains is to convince Aliou Cisse.

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