Bubacarr Sanneh: Playing for United or Madrid is my dream

Gambia international defender Bubacarr Sanneh says he dreams of playing for Manchester United or Real Madrid later in his career.

The new Anderlecht signing said he plans to use Belgium as a stepping stone to achieve his lifelong ambitions in playing for the two European giants.

Playing just eight minutes for the Jupiler Pro League side so far, the Scorpion international might have to wait to get his first start but he’s got high hopes for his spell in Belgium, trying to impress enough to get a bigger move in the future, preferably to one of his two favourite clubs: Manchester United or Real Madrid.

Speaking to Belgian publication Het Laatste Nieuws, he said: “I was told this would be a good step for me and I think so too. Honestly, Anderlecht is just a stepping stone. My ambition is to go higher than the Belgian league. I am looking forward to joining the English Premier League one day. My goal is to go higher and my favorite clubs are Manchester United and Real Madrid who I would like to play for in the future.”

Sanneh said he was advised by compatriot and Scorpions captain Omar Colley to move to Anderlecht.

“I must admit that Omar Colley played an important role in my decision to come here. He told me that Belgium was a good step and that I would like it. After that, it’s definitely a step in my career.”

The 23-year-old also revealed that despite his high status and coming this far in his professional career, he still maintains the same circle of friends and is still a normal guy.

“In The Gambia, I’ve always kept the same friends without new ones, off the field I’m a normal guy, not a star, I can still hang out on the street with my friends without being stopped. When I am home, I spend a lot of time with my family.”

He added: “My mum is very proud of me and I’m proud of her too because she’s done everything so that we have a good life, I’m trying to give her back what she gave me by giving her gifts.”

“Last year, I took her on a trip to Mecca, which is an important trip for us Muslims. Religion is very important for me and I would really like to go to Mecca one day.”

“I left FC Midtjylland to have a better life for me and my family as I do not want to live a luxury life here [in Europe] when they do not have everything they need back home. Playing for them is the best motivation in the world and that’s why I work hard.”

Anderlecht paid the Danish champions €8m for the transfer of the former AC Horsens defender, a new Belgian record fee paid for a defender but despite the price tag, Timber, as mostly called, isn’t too bothered about it.

“Absolutely not [I am not thinking about the fee], I believe in myself and do not want to disappoint anyone, there are great expectations and I hope to answer them, I have to take my bearings and start. Well, I want to prove that I am worthy of those pennies they spent.”

Ibou Sawaneh, who’s spent over a decade playing for Belgian clubs, had some positives to say on the his fellow countryman whom he said will leave the country in a few years to play in England.

“He has the style to play at Anderlecht, especially with a coach like Hein Vanhaezebrouck who likes to build from behind. He really has footballing qualities and especially relaxes when he’s with the ball. I think he’ll leave Anderlecht within a maximum of three years and he has everything to get to the Premier League,” the former SK Beveren, KV Kortrijk, OH Leuven and Waasland-Beveren forward told La Dernière Heure.

Anderlecht will be travelling to Limburg to face KRC Genk in a top of the table clash tomorrow at the Luminus Arena.