Senegalese starlet Krepin Diatta says Club Brugge a good move

By Oluwashina OkelejiBBC Sport, Accra
Senegalese midfielder Krepin Diatta (on left)
Senegalese midfielder Krepin Diatta (on left) in action at the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations

Young Senegal star Krepin Diatta believes he made the right career choice in switching Norway for Belgium to advance his game to the next level.

The 18-year-old midfielder has joined Belgian giants Club Brugge on a four-and-a-half year deal from Norwegian side Sarpsborg

He lost out to Zambia's Patson Daka for the Confederation of African Football's (Caf) Younger Player of the Year Award.

"The move to Club Brugge is a big step, I'm very happy," he told BBC Sport.

Diatta, who scored eight goals in 27 appearances during his only season at Sarpsborg, is hoping the move can help his development.

"It's great for my career, last season was good which enables me change club. I just want to keep working hard and enjoy my football," he continued.

"I think it's a big progression for me and going to Belgium is good for me to advance my career and take it to the next level

"I had a great start to my professional life in Europe at Sarpsborg and thank them for bringing me to this point.

Diatta, who was talking at the Caf awards ceremony in Accra, was reportedly tracked by Manchester United after he was named in the team of the tournament at the 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Zambia.

"I feel good and happy to make it here because it's a dream come true for me," he said.

"This opportunity (to be recognised) is something many footballers dream about but never get to fulfil, so to be among the nominees (for the young player prize) is a great honour for me."

Diatta began his career at Oslo Football Academy in Dakar before moving to Sarpsborg in February 2017.

He got his career off to a flying start in Norway by scoring a hat-trick in the 10-1 FA Cup win at Dröbak-Frogn IK in April.

Diatta added two more goals as Sarpsborg made it to the Norwegian Cup final, only to lose 3-2 to eventual winners Lilleström SK last month.

The highly-rated midfielder-cum-striker scored three goals in 22 league games for Sarpsborg as they finished third in the Norwegian top flight.

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