Hoffenheim’s ball winner Diadie Samassekou is currently at the Africa Cup. Time of return uncertain. Or is there no return of the Malian at all?
Diadie Samassekou has always viewed TSG Hoffenheim as an intermediate step and springboard.
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For Sebastian Hoeneß he is “one of the best ball conquerors in the Bundesliga”. Diadie Samassekou is held in high regard in the game against the ball. Most recently, however, Hoffenheim’s six under Hoeneß had also improved in the offensive game. More and more often Samassekou moves resolutely into the opponent’s penalty area in order to be a goal threat himself. With success. In this season, the interceptor, brought from Salzburg in 2019 for twelve million euros, even scored his first two Bundesliga goals, the only 1.76 m tall duel even scored one head.
Samassekou celebrates opening win with Mali
It goes without saying that Hoeneß is currently missing his clearer, who is staying at the Africa Cup until further notice. Probably longer. Because at the beginning Mali managed a 1-0 win against Tunisia on Wednesday and thus laid the basis for reaching the round of 16 in Group F, in which Gambia and Mauritania still play. That will not take place until January 23rd.
Samassekou will not only miss Hoffenheim in the next three top-class games at Union Berlin, in the cup against Freiburg and then against Borussia Dortmund. Maybe even into February, the final of the Africa Cup will take place on February 6th.
The dream of the Premier League
And who knows, maybe Samassekou won’t come back to Kraichgau at all in the end? After all, he has always viewed TSG as an intermediate step and springboard to an absolute top club, after all, on Tuesday he celebrated his 26th birthday. “Yes, that’s still the case. Because I’ve always had my dreams – and it’s hard to part with them,” Samassekou recently admitted to the kicker. “I’m already very grateful to Hoffenheim and always will be, but at some point I want to join one of the best clubs, it’s always in my heart. But I won’t reveal the name.” But he has long since. In earlier interviews, the African clearly stated his longing goal. “The Premier League, of course. I’ve always dreamed of playing in this league. I want to do everything I can to make this dream come true,” said Samassekou, adding: “I’ve been a big fan of since I was little Manchester United. ”
Rangnick knows Samassekou very well
Ralf Rangnick is now in charge there. And he knows Samassekou very well, who was trained as a classic RB switch player in Liefering and Salzburg at the time, and has already had him on the slip for Leipzig, but at the time decided on his compatriot Amadou Haidara. In 2019, Salzburg lost two sixes. In January Haidara to Leipzig, in August his compatriot Samassekou, who was also born in Bamako, to Hoffenheim. These two are currently fighting side by side for Mali in the Africa Cup on the double six.
Rangnick seems to have the Bundesliga in mind when looking for possible reinforcements for Manchester United. At Samassekou, he would run open doors in any case: “If the opportunity arises to switch to my heart club, I will not slam the door in the face of those responsible.”