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Modibo Sagnan: Embracing Malian roots, striving for success

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Modibo Sagnan, the 20-year-old central defender, is making waves in French football since his return to Montpellier in February. In an exclusive interview with Sport News Africa, the Malian international opens up about his journey, inspirations, and aspirations.

Following his crucial goal against Reims, Sagnan reflects on the importance of securing three points for Montpellier.

With a crucial match against Nantes looming, Sagnan acknowledges the significance of the upcoming fixture but maintains focus on the task at hand.

Since rejoining Montpellier, Sagnan has made a significant impact, scoring three goals in 10 appearances.

Reflecting on his decision to return to France, Sagnan expresses his satisfaction with joining Montpellier, citing the club’s rich history and welcoming atmosphere.

Sagnan highlights the presence of fellow African players at Montpellier, including Malian compatriots Falaye Sacko and Kiki Kouyaté, as a factor that facilitated his integration into the squad.

Despite the transition from European leagues, including stints in Spain, Portugal, and the Netherlands, Sagnan remains resolute in his commitment to Montpellier’s fight for survival in Ligue 1.

Addressing his benching against PSG, Sagnan admits to a degree of disappointment but remains optimistic about facing top-class opponents in the future.

Regarding his departure from Lens at a young age, Sagnan stands by his decision, emphasizing the importance of growth and development in his career.

Inspired by defensive stalwarts like Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Sergio Ramos, and Virgil van Dijk, Sagnan aspires to emulate their composure and reading of the game.

Sagnan’s decision to represent Mali stems from his deep connection to Malian culture, instilled in him from a young age through language, music, and television.

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Reflecting on Mali’s elimination from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, Sagnan expresses disappointment but commends the team’s performance throughout the tournament.

Looking ahead, Sagnan remains focused on Montpellier’s fight for survival in Ligue 1 and Mali’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers, determined to contribute to both teams’ success.

Modibo Sagnan’s journey embodies resilience, determination, and a deep-rooted connection to his Malian heritage, inspiring football fans worldwide.

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