Naby Keita is looking forward to Champions League football next season following a truly phenomenal campaign with RB Leipzig.
Leipzig finished as Bundesliga runners-up behind Champions Bayern Munich to secure their place in the elite European competition.
Having made an immediate impact following his signing from FC Salzburg at the beginning of the season, Keita is naturally eager to see how much better his side can become.
Speaking to the official Bundesliga website after Leipzig insisted they would not be selling any players in the off-season, he said he could never have imagined such a positive start at his new club.
The 22-year-old former Horoya and FC Istres player said: “Of course not; this is like a dream!
“We enjoyed a really great season but it sits well with us. With each game we won, our confidence grew that much more.
“Our initial goal was to achieve top-flight safety as soon as possible. We succeeded brilliantly and by finishing second, we can of course feel more than satisfied. But we don’t want to sit back now. We will continue to progress and ride this wave of success for as long as possible.”
Looking ahead to playing in the Champions League, he added: “Absolutely; that will be great. However, we didn’t talk about the Champions League until shortly before the end of the season; this wasn’t an issue in the dressing room.
“We kept our focus on the Bundesliga. Our modesty in this aspect and the fact that we were highly diligent until the last minute were decisive.”
He concluded: “I am now looking forward to a well-earned holiday and then to next season.”