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Pitso On Rumours Linking Al Ahly Star With Man Utd

Pitso Mosimane has commented on rumours linking one of his Al Ahly stars with a move to Manchester United.

Recent reports in Egypt stated that United are closely following the development of Al Ahly midfielder Aliou Dieng.

The Malian midfielder is also understood to have awoken interest from clubs in Bundesliga and Galatasaray in Turkey, with Mosimane revealing he would support a move.

“Well, I look at the Makamba, the boy who is playing for Aston Villa from Zimbabwe. I said if he can play for Aston Villa, Aliou can also play in the Premier League. Why not,” he told journalists during a virtual press conference with the SAFJA.

“And the Malians have got that credibility in Europe. You must understand, if you say a South African player to play in the English Premier League, or a South African player to play in La Liga it is not very easy. 

“But a Malian, I mean there you are there all over the world. I mean, look at the Malian national team, what a national team. Do you know if there is an opportunity to coach a national team for me and I can be given that opportunity, I’d like to coach the Malian national team in future. 

“Because they have the top quality. Even my player is not really, really much of a starter all the time. Because they’ve got the boy from Red Bull Salzburg there in the midfield and others. They have an embarrassment of riches of players, it is unbelievable. 

“So you ask yourself, how far are we in South Africa to international football? You know, we have a lot of work to do back at home. 

“I mean, this boy is 22 or 23 and he is the power house in the midfield. You saw him against Sundowns, you saw him again in the Club World Cup. You saw him against Bayern Munich. He is a powerful boy. And we need him and we rely on him. 

“So if Man United by him, why not? I saw the Ghanian boy who was playing at Atletico Madrid and now he is at Arsenal (Thomas Partey), why not? I saw El Neny playing for Arsenal, the midfielder. 

“So hopefully it happens and I would encourage that. Okay, I’m going to be short, but it’s good for Africans to go overseas and always make sure that they look after their families, that’s important.”