Amad Diallo has broken his silence after completing a dream move to Manchester United – by sharing a throwback of his young self with new team-mate Paul Pogba.
Diallo secured a big-money move from Atalanta to Old Trafford on deadline day.
The exciting Ivorian, who scored on his Serie A debut last season, has signed for a hefty £37.2million fee and is expected to join in the January transfer window.
United have agreed to pay £19million up front with a further £18.1m in add-ons with Diallo delighted to join the club.
With the player not arriving at the club until a later date, the announcement of his capture from the club did not include any quotes from the teenager.
On the day of his signing, Diallo simply shared the graphic of him mocked up in a Manchester United kit along with the Italian caption: “I sogni si avverano!!!”, which translates to “dreams come true”.
But he has now sent his first message to United fans – after sharing a heartwarming throwback photo with new team-mate Pogba when he was a youngster.
Diallo wrote: “One must never stop dreaming, because sometimes when you think that everything is impossible, the possible happens to you.”
He added: “Sorry for my not perfect English.”
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Former Italy goalkeeper Giovanni Galli has told United they will not regret their purchase as he recalled first seeing Diallo play alongside brother Hamed in 2014.
He has recalled the first time he saw Diallo, and his brother Hamed, play back in 2014.
Speaking to Football Italia, Galli said: ‘Their quality was incredible. They trained with the guys born in 1999.
“Hamed Junior was born in 2000 and his brother Amad was born in 2002. Despite that, there was a huge gap between them and the others.
“Amad was tremendous. Great technical skills, outstanding personality. The way they touched the ball was different, they did nutmegs and all that. They were on another level.’
He added: “I knew they [Man Utd] had been scouting him for over a year.
“I know a scout of Manchester United very well as we usually meet at games. He used to tell me that the club sent him several times to watch the player.”
He also explained the high price would be partly due to their need to obtain a work permit for Diallo.
Galli continued: “[The transfer fee] is high, but there is a reason behind it. [Diallo] still needs to get a work permit since he has not played with his national team yet.
“The club need to have valid reasons to take him to the UK. One reason is that the player is coming from a top team and with Atalanta [having] been playing international competitions over the last few years, there are no problems to prove it.
“The second reason is the price tag. A €40m signing means he is an important investment for the club.
“If the cost would be €1m or €2m it may have been more difficult to get the work permit. That being said, €40m is still a lot of money.”
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