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Kader Mangane reveals the untold story behind his failed Marseille transfer bid in 2009

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Former Senegalese international footballer Kader Mangane, though not heralded for immense career triumphs, remains an iconic figure in French football circles, having graced the jerseys of RC Lens, Stade Rennais, and Strasbourg.

In a recent interview with L’Équipe, Mangane, now serving as the sports coordinator for RC Strasbourg, shed light on a pivotal moment in his career: a missed opportunity to join Olympique de Marseille in the summer of 2009.

Following a promising debut season with Rennes, Mangane was on the verge of a move to Marseille. However, fate intervened in the form of an ankle injury, derailing the transfer plans.

“In 2009, there were well-advanced discussions. I was ready to go but there was a hiccup in my ankle, a dislocation,” Mangane disclosed.

What began as a routine sprain escalated into a month-long absence from the pitch, casting doubts on his fitness and readiness for Marseille.

As Mangane grappled with the injury, Marseille, in need of immediate reinforcements, opted to pursue alternative options, ultimately signing Souleymane Diawara from Bordeaux.

The decision proved pivotal, as Marseille went on to clinch the Ligue 1 title during the 2009/10 season, marking their last French championship triumph to date.

Despite the setback, Mangane remained resilient, continuing his tenure at Rennes for three more seasons before embarking on a new chapter in Saudi Arabia, where he joined Al Hilal in 2012.

The revelation offers a glimpse into the unpredictable nature of professional football, where a twist of fate can alter the course of a player’s career trajectory.

For Mangane, the failed Marseille transfer serves as a poignant reminder of the thin line between success and missed opportunities in the world of football.

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