Cher Ndour is one of the great promises of Seixal. Son of a Senegalese father and an Italian mother, Pogba’s idolized midfielder started the season by becoming the youngest goalscorer in League II history and has now ended it as European champion under 19 with the Benfica jersey. In an interview, the 17-year-old explained his arrival in Portugal.
“After the teams of my city and Atalanta, I wanted a fresh start. I needed to feel important. Abroad there are more opportunities for young players. Benfica was not the only possibility, the Bayern and England teams wanted me, but this project was important. The Benfica campus is magnificent,” he revealed, speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Here, young people are more important. I’m happy because I’ve done a lot of training with the first team and I hope to have the opportunity to make my debut soon,” said the player, who was also asked about what awaits him in Italy: “Serie UN? I don’t think about it anymore, now I’m focused on Benfica. As for the national team, in March I played with the Under-18s, but in June I hope to be in the Euro Under-19s.
The UEFA Youth League victory, with a rout (6-0) in the final against Red Bull Salzburg, was the highlight of a career that has yet to reach the highest level. Ndour explained the sensations and the context:
“Benfica had lost three finals in a row, they thought we weren’t ready, but after all… We have one of the best teams in Europe and we showed it on the pitch. Here in Portugal everyone is talking about us”.