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Breakthrough Rennes whizkid Siliki: I'm 'obsessed' with Man Utd

Exciting Rennes youngster James Lea Siliki has revealed his dream to one day play for Manchester United.

The 21-year-old has started the last six games for the Ligue 1 side, who currently reside in sixth place on the table.

Siliki is one the most highly rated prospects at a club that has produced the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

And although his aspirations are to join a big club like his predecessors, Siliki has his heart set of joining one in particular.

"Since I was small in my bedroom, I've dreamed of playing big matches and being a professional footballer," he told Quest France.

"It's been an obsession since I was old enough to understand.

"I dream of Manchester United, their stadium, their colours. I grew up with the Sir Alex Ferguson years, with Boxing Day games on Canal+, the 95th-minute wins. I grew up with Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole together in attack, Mikael Silvestre, Louis Saha, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs, who remains an icon."

"I like watching videos of experienced players, analyse what they do well, tactically, physically, their movements, their physical investment.," he said. "Kevin De Bruyne, for example, he's complete."

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