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Yankuba Minteh affirms admiration for Sadio Mané amid Brighton move

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Yankuba Minteh, the 19-year-old Gambian talent who recently made a historic move to Brighton from Newcastle United, has spoken out about his admiration for Senegalese star Sadio Mané, describing him as a significant inspiration.

Minteh’s transfer to Brighton marks a milestone in Gambian football history, with the youngster becoming the most expensive Gambian player ever.

His decision to join Brighton came after attracting interest from prominent European clubs like Lyon, Marseille, and Everton.

Despite Lyon’s tempting €40 million offer, Minteh expressed a preference to remain in England, with Everton also showing strong interest, although negotiations with Newcastle initially faced challenges.

Ultimately, Brighton secured Minteh’s signature on a five-year contract until June 2029, with the transfer fee reported to be around €35 million.

In a video released by his new club during his presentation, Minteh expressed his deep respect for Sadio Mané, highlighting the Senegalese international as a pivotal figure in his football journey.

Minteh emphasized that he looks up to Mané and aims to emulate his achievements as he embarks on his career with the Seagulls.

“Sadio Mané has been a great inspiration for me,” Minteh revealed in the video. “I admire his skill and determination on the field. He has shown that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.”

Minteh’s admiration for Mané underscores his aspirations to make a significant impact in English football, following the footsteps of his idol.

As he prepares to integrate into Brighton’s squad, Minteh is eager to contribute to the team’s ambitions under manager Graham Potter.

Brighton, known for nurturing young talents, sees Minteh as a promising addition to their roster.

The club’s decision to secure his services reflects their confidence in his potential to thrive in the competitive environment of the Premier League.

With the new season on the horizon, Minteh is focused on adapting to his new surroundings and proving his worth on the pitch.

His blend of speed, technical ability, and ambition aligns with Brighton’s philosophy of developing young players into top-tier performers.

As Minteh settles into life at Brighton, all eyes will be on his progress, with supporters hopeful that he can make a significant impact and carve out a successful career reminiscent of his footballing idol, Sadio Mané.

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