Author of decisive goals for the maintenance of Boavista, Yusupha Njie wants to go elsewhere this summer. The Gambian striker, after four seasons in Portugal, dreams of a new challenge. Why not in France. Interview.
His double on the lawn of Gil Vicente during the 34th and final day of Liga NOS (1-3) definitively validated the maintenance of Boavista among the Portuguese elite. Yusupha Njie (27), author of 5 goals in total in the league, is proud to have helped his team, whose colors he has now defended for four seasons. However, the striker, under contract until June 2023, hopes to be able to go elsewhere this summer.
“I had extended before the start of the season, but the club only announced it now. I had confidence. I thought it would be a good season for me, because there was a good team behind me, with Adil Rami, Javi Garcia and Angel Gomes. I wanted to play, score and prove. But not everything went as planned. Even though I scored decisive goals, that I participated in the maintenance of the club, everything did not go as I imagined. That’s why I want to leave ”, he told us before continuing.
“Last season, at Boavista, there were things… I’m not completely satisfied, even though I helped the team a lot at the end of the season. I want to go. I really want a new challenge. I need a new challenge. I think I’ve done my time there, I need a new challenge. The time has come for me. This is what I want”, he explained, telling how Adil Rami (35) helped him throughout this difficult exercise (only 11 tenures in 21 appearances)
Adil Rami the big brother, the L1 in the back of his mind
“He helped me so much, he advised me, he motivated me when I was less well, he always trusted me, I was happy for that, I thank him for it. Adil helped me stay motivated, he told me again that I could help the team during the season, he did not let me go, and that’s what happened at the end of the season. Everything Adil told me happened. He’s a really good guy outside of football, he’s very funny, he makes jokes all the time. I enjoyed playing with him. I’ll miss him”, he said about the 2018 world champion, who strongly advised him to Ligue 1.
“We talked about it with Adil, he told me that it would be good for me to show my qualities there. I had the opportunity to go but it didn’t happen. If it happened again, I would be very happy ”, he reminded us. In the summer of 2018, the native of Banjul had indeed almost joined the Stade de Reims. “I would like to play in Ligue 1, yes. I should have played there. But I played injured for a few weeks with Boavista. And when it came time for the medical examination, Reims saw the problem, asked me for explanations and wanted the price of the transfer to drop. The club refused and I went back to Portugal ”, he told us, despite everything judging his time in Portugal as “A very good experience, a superb discovery of Europe”.
If he doesn’t have a concrete offer on the table yet, Yusupha Njie knows what he wants. “Obviously, I would like to go higher than Boavista, than La Liga NOS. If I have an interesting offer, then I will go », he assured, prioritizing playing time to believe in his chances of helping Gambia shine at the next African Cup of Nations in Cameroon in 2022. “I want to play to continue to be called up for the selection, we have qualified for the CAN, I hope that everything will go well to help the selection. The Gambia has a great generation, we want to try to do something good ”, he concluded. The message got through. Notice to amateurs.