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Name Issa Diop
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
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Org France U21 National Team
Club as Player West Ham United
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2019 02 03 Retrieve

[West Ham United defender Issa Diop is undeterred by the qualities of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and remains confident of stopping the Premier League top scorer] Liverpool are the biggest test in English football, along with Manchester City, as they have a very good team and one of the best strikers in the world in Mo Salah. So, we know that facing Liverpool on Monday will be a tough game, but we are playing at home, so we can win this game with the fans behind us. As a player, I am excited by games like this, but I am also excited when we play against Southampton or Wolves. I am excited by every game!

I don’t think they [Liverpool] are unstoppable. I’ll just play the game like any other one. We know Salah is a big player but, for me, I will prepare the same and play the game the same way. Before every game, I watch clips of all the strikers I am going to face so we know what they like and don’t like, but a big player like him can do anything, so he is difficult to stop, but it is not impossible!

2019 07 25 Retrieve

[West Ham defender Issa Diop is excited at the prospect of a reunion with former team-mate Sebastien Haller, comparing him to Romelu Lukaku and describing him as a complete striker] Sebastien is a very good player, he is very strong and he has very good technique and I hope he is going to score a lot of goals for us! I played alongside him for France under-21s and we had a few games together and also many training sessions, so I know how difficult he is to challenge because he is very tall and very powerful. He uses his body very well to make things tough for the defenders, so I hope he can do that for us

It’s true that they are similar because Sebastien is a target man who can also score and do everything. He also has good speed, so I would say he is a complete striker. As a person, he is also very good. He is humble but also very funny, so he will be good to have in the squad. I think he’s going to bring a lot to this club

2019 08 13 Retrieve

[Man Utd linked Issa Diop adamant West Ham are not a springboard for bigger move] West Ham, for me, it was not and is still not a springboard to go elsewhere. It’s the club where I want to try to become the best defender I can be, compared to my qualities. Whether technical, tactical, physical, I still have a large margin of progression

[He has already represented his country at Under-21 level, but is now knocking on the door of Didier Deschamps’ World Cup-winning squad] It is the performance that I will make in the match that will determine if I have the level to play with Les Bleus. It’s up to me to work. That’s how I see things. All very good players go into the national team. Well, if I am very good, it will come if it should come. Obviously it’s a goal, but the proof that I deserve to reach it, it’s me who must give it

2019 09 21 Retrieve

[West Ham centre-back Issa Diop played in the 3-1 win over the Red Devils last season and he is urged his team-mates to put in a similar performance] We played a very good game against them last season. It was our first win at home last season, and a very good moment for us. Sunday’s going to be a different game, so we have to try to do the same thing as last year. We have to play our football and not think about Manchester United. We have a very good team and can beat anyone, so we are confident. In the Premier League every game is difficult, but we are ready for this game. I think if we play our football, we’re a team who can do anything

2019 09 22 Retrieve

[West Ham vs Manchester United. Having delivered one of the results of the season when they turned over United 3-1 last term, Manuel Pellegrini’s side will be looking to do so again this weekend] We played a very good game against them last season. It was our first win at home last season, and a very good moment for us. Sunday’s going to be a different game, so we have to try to do the same thing as last year. We have to play our football and not think about Manchester United. We have a very good team and can beat anyone, so we are confident. In the Premier League every game is difficult, but we are ready for this game. I think if we play our football, we’re a team who can do anything

2020 01 17 Retrieve

[West Ham centre-back Issa Diop responds to Chelsea & Man Utd transfer rumours] As a footballer, we know that we are subject to a lot of rumours, which is more during the transfer window. After that, I focus on my football, trying to progress everyday training and being good at matches. That’s all. I don’t have a career plan. I just want to be the best player I can be. I live a little day by day. What has to happen will happen. And if it doesn’t happen […] I just want to be efficient, that’s all

[Diop added on the differences between Ligue 1 and the Premier League] It is another world, for example on infrastructure. All stadiums are full. Club budgets, the density of great players that there are in the Premier League […] It is true that this is something else compared to France. It is an extraordinary championship, there are big matches every weekend. The away games are very complicated and the atmospheres are good every time