Senegal’s Faye reveals role model after completing Barcelona transfer

Senegal’s Faye reveals role model after completing Barcelona transfer

Teenage sensation Mikayil Faye has revealed Javier Mascherano as his role model after completing his transfer to Barcelona from Croatian second tier side NK Kustosija.

The 18-year old Senegalese was announced by the Catalan giants on Monday, penning a four-year deal reportedly worth €5 million with a €400 million release clause attached.

Faye will be registered with the Barcelona B team and says it has always been a dream for him to wear the blue and garnet shirt.

“I play as a central defender. I like to play in the middle because it is my preferred position. I followed many players like Araujo, Pique, Mascherano,” Faye told Barca TV.

“I always looked at Barca when I played. My idol was Mascherano, because he was a tough guy. He was strong, mentally strong.

“I am very happy because I have fulfilled my childhood dream. I always dreamed of playing for Barca. I had photos in my room, on my bed.

“Since I was a child I always dreamed of playing in Spain, especially for Barca. I’ll give everything on the pitch and off it because the club has trusted me. It’s a dream to play for a club as big as Barca.”

Mascherano spent eight years with Barcelona, making 334 appearances, winning 17 titles, including four La Liga titles and two UEFA Champions League titles.

The 39-year-old is currently the manager of the Argentina U-20 national team. He led them to the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup on home soil last month but lost 2-0 to the Flying Eagles of Nigeria.

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