Balde hoping for Barcelona return

Former Barcelona youth team graduate Keita Balde Diao has admitted that he hopes to return to the Spanish outfit one day.

"Someday I'd like to return to Barcelona," Balde told La Gazetta dello Sport, after playing an exhibition match for Catalonia at the Camp Nou.

"It's where I grew up and I have always been identified with those colours."

Balde, who joined the Barcelona academy in 2004, went on to sign for Lazio in 2013 but has been limited to just five appearances so far this season.

The 20-year-old has one goal to his name this season and could be on his way out of the club in January.

While a move to Barcelona is not on the cards at the moment, Monaco have been rumoured to be interested in the player.

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