Manchester United youngster Aliou Traore opens up on future amid Celtic speculation

By David Walton

August 9, 2020

Manchester United youngster Aliou Traore, linked with Celtic this summer, has opened up on his long-term future.

France Football reported back in June that the Hoops were interested in the United midfielder, despite having a wealth of midfield talent already at their disposal.

Traore has yet to make the breakthrough at Old Trafford, but has featured for both the under-18s and under-23 sides in England. This has mainly involved the midfielder featuring in the Premier League 2 with the development squad (Transfermarkt).

Aliou Traore in the Premier League 2 (Photo by Manchester United/Manchester United via Getty Images)

And with one year remaining on his contract, Traore has opened up on his goals for the future. Speaking to RMC Sport, the United youngster admitted if he was to leave then he would have to go straight into a first-team squad.

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“I would like to start a professional career. As I have said, I think I have the background to do so. I hope that happens in Manchester, if not then why not go and get playing time elsewhere.

“I have one year left on my contract so yes, I am not closing the door. But if I leave, it is for a 1st team – I do not want to leave Manchester to be in the same situation elsewhere. I need a change in my growing and that is going to happen a 1st team.

“I will be listening for opportunities, I want to above all be part of a project that makes sense for me, a coherent project for what comes for my career.”

First-team demands will be hard to meet

At 19, Traore has so much potential. Capped at international level at both under-16 and under-19 level, he’s clearly still early on his development path. After all, he’s yet to experience a taste of senior football.

And it’s that very fact that will make his demands hard to meet. You couldn’t expect to have never played a game of football at senior level only to just walk into the Celtic squad. Not with the talent we already have in that current area at present.

As of right now, Celtic have Scott Brown, Callum McGregor, Olivier Ntcham, and Nir Bitton available to play across the centre of midfield. That isn’t even including the likes of Ismaila Soro, Luca Connell, and Scott Robertson, who will all look to feature more regularly this season.

Traore against Celtic (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

If Traore was to be snapped up by Celtic, he would have to know his role. It would be as a development player until he has proven otherwise. It would hardly be good for squad morale if he jumped into the first-team squad with no real pedigree to speak of.

His primary goal also appears to be making a career for himself at United, despite the fact his contract his ticking down. Fair play, but given the talent available in the Old Trafford engine room, chances will be limited there to say the least.

It remains to be seen what happens with this one, but the more we learn about Traore’s goals, the less likely a move to Parkhead looks.

In other news, Hoops striker Patryk Klimala has said that he expected more game-time last week vs Hamilton, but understands why he wasn’t given it.