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Akanji praises Diallo:
'He's a very good defender'

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Manuel Akanji is impressed by his new teammate Abdou Diallo.
Abdou Diallo playing for the French Under-19 team in 2015.
Abdou Diallo playing for the French Under-19 team in 2015.© S. Plaine / CC-BY-SA-4.0
Borussia Dortmund's Manuel Akanji has praised his new teammate Abdou Diallo who has joined the BVB from Mainz.

Akanji says he was already impressed by his fellow centre-back when Dortmund were up against Mainz during last season.

"I already noticed him in a match against Mainz last season. He played a very good game. In a sense, he is a similar player to me. He can both play in the center and as a full-back, he is physically strong and still good at distributing the ball. He is a very good defender, and we'll see how he'll do in the coming weeks," Akanji told WAZ.

Diallo, 22, was signed for a fee of €28 million.

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