Amad reflects on Olympics exploits

Tuesday 17 August 2021 16:04

Amad has spoken of his delight at being back in training at Manchester United this week, following his return from the Olympics and a summer break.

The 19-year-old represented Ivory Coast in Tokyo, alongside fellow Red Eric Bailly, with the duo helping their country reach the quarter-finals before sadly being beaten by Spain.

Amad says the experience is one he'll never forget and that he's now enjoying being back training with his United team-mates.

“I am really happy to be back working with the team,” he told us. 
“The first training session back with the team gives you a great feeling, because I have been at home for two weeks [quarantining].

“Now I am back with the team, the team is in great shape and we are working really hard to make sure we can reach our targets this year.

“The Olympic tournament went well,” he continued. “We played a great tournament and it was a great experience for me because it has always been my dream to play at the Olympics. 

“To represent my country of origin was incredible – it's a really exciting and emotional experience. Of course, it is a shame that we lost against Spain, but I can only repeat that it was a great experience for me.

“I hope to play at the Olympics again in the future, especially since I am young enough to do so.”
Amad watched on as the Reds romped to a superb 5-1 win over Leeds United on the opening day of the season last Saturday, and the youngster says being able to learn from such quality players in our squad, including our new signings, can only benefit his progression.

“It was an incredible game. To go out and win the first game 5-1 – what better way to start the season,” he declared.

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“We had been looking forward to the fans being back at Old Trafford for a long time and it is incredible to have them back. I am sure that they will give us the support we need to do great things this season.

“It is incredible for me to train with players like we have, to see Bruno and Paul close up, it is really exciting. As a young player you can learn a lot from them, and they also help you out on the pitch. 

“[The new players] are great players, great guys, and I am really happy to be training with them. It is important for me to train with them and to learn from them.”