By Sulayman Bah
If ever asked to choose amongst Europe’s top five leagues to pursue his career, Raymond Mendy wouldn’t hesitate to favour a move to his preferred destination.
The 20-year-old is a fervent follower of all the twists and turns of the cash-rich English league whose Tv rights and salary cap is an irresistible temptation to footballers.
While there is still ra aging debate which remains the best from amongst the Serie A, French Ligue One, German Bundesliga or Spanish Lal Liga, for the erstwhile Real de Banjul playmaking ace, the EPL towers over the rest.
His selection could be dismissed swiftly as merely a matter of opinion but the left-footed forward as his reasons which in his own rights make the EPL stand out.
‘Because the English is the best,’ he began.
‘The football they play is quick, and above all, the teams are equally strong. There is no preferred team to win the title. You also get to see good football always in England. And I like watching Wayne Rooney and Walker of Tottenham Hotspur likewise Eden Hazard,’ Raymond, whose current level is streets apart from the EPL, argues.
The midfielder is at the moment shipped on a 12-month loan to Olympique Deja to rake up first-team experience under his belt and help newcomers Deja stay afloat in the Tunisian Professonalle League (First Division) on their debut season.
The transfer, engineered by parent club Club Sporting Sfaxien, whom he helped guide to finish third-place the previous campaign, would offer Mendy the required guide in his football development with a view to return and stake his claim at expiry of the contract.
‘Is a good move for me,’ he tells Foroyaa Sport from Tunis.
‘I will be playing lot of games in my new club. I led Sfax to third (last season) that’s football. I wish to have good and clear results for my new club and a wonderful season. It’s a big challenge for me because I will be facing big clubs like Esperance de Tunis and Club Africa’
He continued: ‘We are working hard right this moment before on the 10th September when the league will start. My target this season is to make a big name in Tunisian football,’
Raymond is a box of tricks with a never-lacking flair to his game. He spent majority of last term shuttling between Sfax’s reserves and A-team.
It wasn’t long when he penned a lengthy four-year deal with Sfaxien. Prior to his loan agreement the starlet has had offers from clubs in Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey, all plotting to sway his mind with ludicrous money offers.
‘I’m working with my manager. There are teams in Europe who needs me. But still I have my contract with Sfax and they don’t want to leave me to go,’ he tells Foroyaa Sport his apartment in Djeda.