Over the past couples of years, there have been a number of stories written about Manchester City’s interest in Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara.
Long touted to be the future of the Ligue 1 side in defence, the 18-year-old has finally broken into the first-team, and Rudi Garcia now seems convinced he is the man to go alongside Adil Rami at the heart of his team.
Starting the last five games in the league, Kamara was charged with stopping a tough Paris Saint-Germain attack at the weekend, which he was able to do until a certain Kylian Mbappé stepped onto the pitch, blitzed past him and drilled the ball under Steve Mandanda.
Prior to that game, however, the youngster sat down for an interview with Canal+, where he was asked if playing for Pep Guardiola’s side is something he’d be interested in.
He replied: “Honestly, no. It’s always a good thing that clubs take an interest in you, but, frankly, right now, I’m not looking abroad or elsewhere. I’m focused on Marseille and I’m not looking at anything else”.
Kamara even suggested he’d be open to spending his entire career in the south of France, even if he knows that decision isn’t up to him, since every relationship in football is a two way street, meaning the club, as unlikely as it sounds, could turn around in six months and sell him to another club.
Back in December of 2016, L’Equipe reported that Manchester City had spoken to the young centre-back’s family via FaceTime, as they made it clear they wanted to bring him to the Etihad Campus to grow under Guardiola and be a part of their future.
The likes of Arsenal and Chelsea have also been listed as potential suitors, but with a contract keeping him in Marseille until 2020 and a likely extension on its way, we doubt an exit is on the cards anytime soon.