Who is Malang Sarr?
Malang Mamadou William Georges Sarr, commonly known as Malang Sarr, is a French central defender who plays for Chelsea.
Born in Nice, he joined local side OGC Nice in 2005. The youngster spent the next 12 years in the club’s youth system before making his Ligue 1 debut for them on 14 August 2016 against Rennes, aged 17.
He netted the winning goal for his side in the 60th minute, heading home from a midfielder Jean-Michael Seri free-kick.
In doing so, Sarr became the second-youngest player to ever net on debut in Ligue 1, behind the Nigeria international Bartholomew Ogbeche.
In 2016, Malang signed his first professional contract with Les Aiglons and, by the end of the campaign, had made over 30 appearances as the club ended the league season in third place.
In February 2018, Malang was named by the CIES Football Observatory as the world’s fifth-most promising football player under the age of 20.
Competing with Maxime Le Marchand and new loan acquisition Marlon, Sarr saw his playing time slightly reduced but still managed to record 29 matches across all competitions for the term.
The next year, the opening day of the 2019–20 Ligue 1 season, Sarr made his 100th appearance for the club across all competitions when Malang started in a 2–1 victory over Amiens. His deal expired on 30 June 2020, and later became a free agent.
On 27 August 2020, then Frank Lampard’s Chelsea announced the landing of Sarr on a five-year contract. On 6 October, the Frenchman joined the Portuguese outfit, Porto on loan for the rest of the 2020–21 term.
What is Malang Sarr’s international career like?
He has represented France at several youth levels, and in September 2016, Malang was named as the captain of the 20-man France Under-18 squad by head coach Bernard Diomede for the 2016 Limoges Tournament.
In 2018, the talent confirmed that the Senegalese Football Association had contacted him to represent the country but said that he had hopes to achieve great things with France.
Will Malang Sarr eventually be staying at Chelsea?
The 22-year-old star is a gifted player, and it’s just a matter of whether or not there is room for him in the Blues side in the near future. He is well-positioned in the sense that he is flexible to tactics and position.
If he doesn’t earn a spot in the Blues’ senior team, he will undoubtedly secure a loan to another stunning club.
Perhaps a move in Premier League would be best for his long-term future at Stamford Bridge, seeing as he does not have any experience with the country’s physical style.
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