Senegal's Salif Sane signs for German club Hannover

Salif Sane (left)

Senegalese defender Salif Sane has joined German Bundesliga side Hannover from relegated French club Nancy.

The 22-year-old has signed a contract until June 2017 and becomes Hannover's first signing of the close season.

He told BBC Sport: "As a young player it's a big achievement to come to the Bundesliga, which is undoubtedly one of the strongest leagues in the world."

Sane's transfer comes soon after he was handed his first call-up to the Senegal squad for June's World Cup qualifiers.

Although he was born in Lormont, Bordeaux, Sane qualifies for Senegal because his parents were born there.

And should he feature against Angola and Liberia, he will emulate his older brother Ludovic, who has already been capped by the West African country.

"I was elated to be called up and everyone in my family was very happy for me," said Sane.

"It's been a dream and now I have been given the opportunity to live that dream. I think the hard work really start for me now."

As well as hoping to make an impression for the Teranga Lions, Sane is relishing the chance to prove himself at his new club.

"I hope to settle down quickly and give my best to Hannover 96," he said. "This is a club I've seen in the Bundesliga and European competition the last two years.

"This is a new country but my time in France has prepared me for the challenges ahead.

"I can only wish Nancy all the best, the fans and my fellow players at the club were very supportive to make me who I am today. "

Sane made a total of 70 appearances in the French top flight for both Nancy and his previous club Bordeaux, scoring five goals.

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