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Senegal international Keita Balde wants to go back to Italy
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Senegal international Keita Balde wants to go back to Italy

AS Monaco's Keita Balde would not mind getting another Italian experience after a loan spell at Inter Milan and a four-year stay at Lazio.

The Senegalese international is back in France after spending a season with Italian giants Inter Milan. He made 24 league appearance for the Serie A side scoring five times.

Speaking to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio from his Monaco base, the 25-year-old said that he would not rule out a return to Italian football in future. 

"Maybe in the future, I can come back to Italy. Any interested club in Italy? There always is, but if it didn't happen, it's because that's how it should be. We will then see in a few years how it will happen. We have to take the example of Romelu Lukaku for the way he settled in at Inter despite the language barrier,” he said. 

Coronavirus break

Balde is currently marooned in Monaco as France descends into lockdown to combat the rapidly increasing cases of Covid-19 infections. 

Born in Arbúcies, Girona, Catalonia, to Senegalese parents, Keita came up through the FC Barcelona's youth academy. In 2011, he joined Serie A club Lazio for a €300,000 transfer fee but was unable to play official matches for Lazio's youth sides for a year, as he had to wait to be granted Spanish citizenship. He later spent four seasons at the Italian club making 110 appearances scoring 26 goals.

In 2017, he joined Monaco on a five-year contract for a reported €30 million transfer fee. He played 39 times for the club before moving back to Italy to join Inter Milan on loan with an option to buy.