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“Not closing the door”: Man United starlet hints at exit in search of first-team football

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Aliou Traore could leave Manchester United this summer

Speaking to RMC Sport, as reported by the MEN, Manchester United’s teenage prodigy Aliou Badara Traore has hinted that he will consider an exit from the club in search of senior football this summer.

The 19-year-old Traore joined Manchester United from the Paris Saint-Germain youth academy in 2017. The central midfielder, likened to Red Devils’ superstar Paul Pogba, has been tipped for a bright future in the game.

Aliou Traore has been progressing well with the U23s (Getty Images)
Aliou Traore has been progressing well with the U23s (Getty Images)

Traore has progressed well in the youth ranks at Manchester United so far. In the 2019/20 campaign, the midfielder featured 16 times for the club’s reserve side, scoring four goals in the process.

Despite impressing for the U18s and the U23s, Traore is yet to make a senior appearance for Manchester United. And the midfielder feels that he might have to move elsewhere in order to fulfill his ambitions of senior football. (h/t MEN)

“I would like to start as a pro. I think I have the baggage to do it. I hope it will be in Manchester, otherwise why not go and find playing time elsewhere. I only have one year of contract left so yes, I’m not closing the door.”

Traore is in the final year of his current contract with Manchester United. Recent reports have claimed that there has been in interest in his services from Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers.

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Solskjaer has given plenty of opportunities to youngsters (Getty Images)

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Another report from the Daily Mail claimed that Traore is wanted by French club Caen, with Manchester United willing to listen to offers for him.

Given the potential that he possesses, letting the 19-year-old leave might prove to be a mistake. Instead, sending him out on loan where he could gain valuable first-team experience would be the best course of solution for all parties.