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CK Akonnor: Southampton-bound Mohammed Salisu has 'shockingly' declined talks to play for Ghana Featured

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The Real Valladolid centre-back has kicked against decision to represent the West African nation.
 
 
Ghana head coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor has revealed that the country's football governing body attempt to invite Mohammed Salisu has been unsuccessful for an unknown reasons.
 
The 21-year-old is currently one of the best defenders in world football following his explosive performance for Real Valladolid in the 2019/20 La Liga season.
 
Salisu joined Valladolid's youth setup in 2017 and has made 34 first-team appearances.
 
The promising stopper has so far featured in 31 LaLiga games for Real Valladolid in the ongoing league season and has scored 1 goal and provided 1 assist. 
 
Salisu was handed a debut call-up to the senior national team of Ghana for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe last year.
 
He failed to honour the call-up under Coach Kwesi Appiah citing injury as an 'excuse' for his absence.
 
According to the newly appointed Black Stars of Ghana coach Akonnor, the Ghana FA contact to invite the Kumasi-born to represent the four-time Champions has been turned down by the player.
 
“Yes, we’ve tried to reach out to him [Salisu Mohammed] but we’ve been unsuccessful," coach Akonnor told Angel TV.
 
Following his exploits at Real Valladolid in the just ended season, he attracted interest from several clubs including Stade Rennes, Manchester United among others.
 
But according to sources, Southampton have reached an agreement with Real Valladolid to secure him on a four-year deal.
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