Benie Traore’s Iliman Ndiaye admission after Sheffield United ‘dream’ move

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Benie Traore is excited by the prospect of playing alongside Iliman Ndiaye in the Premier League last season after his move to Sheffield United was officially confirmed.

The 20-year-old was yesterday confirmed as a Blades player after signing a four-year deal from Swedish side Hacken.

He caught the eye of United - as well as Glasgow giants Celtic and Rangers - with 14 goals in 16 games for Hacken so far this season, and joined up with United at their pre-season camp in Portugal last night before the deal was officially confirmed.

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Despite speculation linking Ndiaye with a move away, Traore’s comments highlight the growing confidence that the Senegal star will still be at Bramall Lane come the start of the new season on August 12.

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I think it’s going to be great [playing with Ndiaye],” Traore said in his first interview with the Blades’ SUTV Live channel.

“I know the stadium and the fans, and I have been watching some of the games from last season, Iliman Ndiaye and everything. It was great to watch.

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“I can’t wait to play in the Premier League, because I always dreamed of playing in the Premier League. It’s the best league, everyone is watching the Premier League.

“I am very happy to be here, to be a part of this team. I have been waiting for this time for a while.”

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