Amadou Haidara is a 19-year-old (20 in January) central midfielder from Mali who currently plays for the Austrian club Liefering on a season-long loan from FC Red Bull Salzburg.
Apparently 20 big European clubs sent scouts to watch him play for the FC Red Bull Salzburg Under-19 side recently against Spanish side Atlético de Madrid in the UEFA Youth League quarter-final. He was by all accounts the star of the game and this came just 24 hours after he had turned out on international duty for the Mali Under-20 side.
Whether we were one of those clubs is unclear but it would be no surprise given our transfer policy of buy young and develop. We are linked with the top young talent and Haidara clearly possess potential for so many clubs to be watching him.
He has played 19 Erste Liga games, scoring one goal with a further three assists. In the UEFA Youth League he has played 4 games scoring two goals.He is under contract until 2021 and scored 2 goals in 7 games for the Mali Under-17 side.
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