By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
In an interview with Italian broadcaster Sky Italia, Senegalese international and former Inter Milan striker Keita Balde did not hide his desire for a return to Italian football.
Balde spent the 2017-2018 season on loan at Inter from French Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco, though he wished for a longer stay.
Inter had the option to make the move permanent at the end, but rather opted to end the former Lazio player’s stay in Lombardy.
“I really miss Italian football, I grew up in Italy with Lazio and then I also spent a year at Inter. I’m happy to be here in Monaco because I like meeting new people, new languages and having new experiences,” the Senegalese forward said in the interview that was shared on the Instagram page of transfer market specialist, Gianluca Di Marzio on Wednesday.
“In the future I cannot rule out a return to Italy. The year I left Lazio I was very close to Juventus, a transfer that did not materialize at the end.
“I was sorry that my adventure with Inter lasted only just for one year, I wanted to stay there for a long time. I cannot rule out that one day our paths may cross again.
“I kept in touch with everyone, it was a fantastic experience with a wonderful group of players. I still have a special relationship with Candreva, D’Ambrosio and Gagliardini.”
Like expected the Senegalese was not indifferent to the Coronavirus pandemic that has brought the global sports world on its knees.
“Unfortunately it is a delicate situation all over the world. I have some relatives in Spain, others in Senegal. I am in Montecarlo with my partner and child.
“There is great organization here, people follow the advice and rules. I hope the situation can be resolved as soon as possible so that we can return to normal life.”
The Monaco forward has already reached out in his own way to help in the fight against the pandemic. He has made a donation of €50,000 and insisted on the fact that it was out his own thoughts, free will and convictions and not based on any influence of any kind from anyone or group of people.
“I am person who does what he can for his family, friends and people I love. I made this donation wholeheartedly, you have to do things without waiting for someone to look for you to do it. I try to give my best.”
25-year-old Keita Balde Diao was born in Arbucies in Spain, he came through the ranks of Damm and Barcelona before a loan spell with Cornellà from 2010 to 2012.
He moved to Lazio in 2012 and got into their first team a year later. He went on to make 110 league appearances for Lazio, scoring 26 goals from 2013 to 2017, prior to his move to Monaco.
He has won 30 caps for Teranga Lions of Senegal, netting five goals.
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