Niang opts for Senegal

City target chooses against country of his birth

Niang: Looking to make sure his career keeps heading in the right direction

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Manchester City target Mbaye Niang has chosen to represent Senegal ahead of France.

The 16-year-old striker has attracted a wealth of interest after bursting onto the scene with French side Caen last season.

He only made his first-team debut in April but managed to score three goals in seven games.

Niang was born in France but is of Senegalese descent, and although he played for France at Under-16 and Under-17 level, he feels his international future is best served with Senegal.

"I have chosen to play for Senegal as France never gave me a chance," he told Skysports.com.

"I consider myself as French but Senegal is my origin, so I am happy to play for them.

Inexperienced

"I am only 16 years old. I really enjoyed my finish to the season but I think I need more experience.

"Training with better players will improve me and take me places."

One of those places could well be the Premier League with Liverpool and Tottenham reported to have joined Manchester City in the race to secure his services.

And asked about Man City's interest, Niang replied: "It is a dream to be linked with a team like that.

"It means I am doing well and moving in the right direction.

"I am a striker and I would learn a lot from playing with men such as Carlos Tevez, Mario Balloteli and Emmanuel Adebayor.

"But it is only a dream at the moment because nothing is done yet, as far as I know."