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Ndour on Italy dreams, U21 ambition and PSG choices



Italy Underneath-21 expertise Cher Ndour explains why Paris Saint-Germain was the best membership for his profession progress and the significance of beating the Republic of Eire.

The European Underneath-21 Championship qualifier kicks off in Cork on Tuesday at 17.30 GMT.

“I see the Underneath-21s as the massive step in direction of the senior Italy squad and carrying this jersey is all the time an honour. I hope to proceed this progress course of,” Ndour instructed RAI Sport.

Born in Brescia and a product of the prolific Atalanta youth academy, Ndour left Italy early for Benfica and after “three fantastic years” he moved to Paris Saint-Germain.

“Seeing Kylian Mbappé practice up shut is exceptional, he does belongings you simply can’t clarify. I converse Italian with Luis Enrique and in just a few months he has already been in a position to enhance me loads.”

Nicknamed the ‘new Paul Pogba,’ the midfielder is a self-confessed Juventus fan who helped Italy win the European Underneath-19 Championship after a 20-year hole.

He solely turned 19 in July and has already made three Ligue 1 appearances thus far this season with Paris Saint-Germain.

“My dream is to make my debut for the senior Italy squad, then to win a European Championship or World Cup. As for membership degree, I had the chance to return to Italy over the summer season, however at this second it’s not in my plans. I’ll at some point.

“In contrast to Italy, other than Juventus and Atalanta, overseas there are second groups that help you mature in home. I wouldn’t have favored to go on mortgage.”

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Italy are at the moment prime of their qualifying group for the Underneath-21 European Championship on 10 factors and go head-to-head with the Republic of Eire, who’re degree with Norway on 9.

“We did properly to react to the draw with Latvia, however the reality we haven’t conceded a aim but on this group is a vital side. We need to finish 2023 on a excessive and consolidate first place earlier than the following video games in March.”

The Azzurrini beat San Marino 7-0 in one other qualifier on Thursday.