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Monaco striker Keita Balde tribute to Barcelona's La Masia academy

Monaco striker Keita Balde has paid tribute to Barcelona's La Masia academy.

Keita came through the system before leaving for Lazio as a teenager.

"Barcelona first develops you as a person and then later as a player," said Keita.

"It isn't a question of luck that so many good players have come from there.

"It means they are doing something right. I've seen players like Icardi, Delofeu, Bartra, Sergi Roberto, Gio Dos Santos and Bellerin. They just keep coming."

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