Amad Diallo: Ivory Coast coach Patrice Beaumelle would welcome loan for Man Utd youngster

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Amad DialloManchester United's Amad Diallo was part of Ivory Coast's squad at the recent Olympic Games in Tokyo

With the delayed Africa Cup of Nations less than five months away, the Ivory Coast coach Patrice Beaumelle has said he would be happy to see Amad Diallo being sent out on loan by Manchester United.

Several clubs have been linked with taking the young Ivorian on loan including Championship side Sheffield United, who were relegated at the end of last season.

Frenchman Beaumelle believes that such a move would not only help Ivory Coast, as he prepares for the finals in Cameroon, but also the player himself.

"We are four or five months before Afcon and I would love him to play more games," Beaumelle told BBC Sport Africa.

"When you have talent like Amad Diallo has, he needs to show it and to improve on the field.

"I think that if he is not playing too much for Manchester United for now it is better to go on loan to show he deserves to be in the line-up or to play more for Manchester United."

Amad Diallo celebratesIvory Coast's Amad Diallo completed his move to Manchester United from Atalanta in January.

Diallo is back training with Manchester United having played in all four of Ivory Coast's matches at the Tokyo Olympics, where they lost after extra time to silver medallists Spain in the quarter-finals.

The coach added that he is in regular touch with all his players including the likes of Diallo's United team-mate Eric Bailly and Tottenham Hotspur's Serge Aurier, both of whom were in and out of their team's starting line-ups last season.

"Of course I would like them to play more games but to play at Manchester United is not easy," he explained.

"Like other players, like Serge Aurier at Tottenham etc etc. But I call them every week.

"To play for the country and with the orange jersey, for them it brings a lot of joy and happiness and it's very important. So I'm sure they will do the job."

French coach Patrice BeaumelleIvory Coast's French coach Patrice Beaumelle spent much of his career as Herve Renard's assistant

Beaumelle, who was Herve Renard's assistant as he won the Nations Cup with both Zambia (2012) and Ivory Coast (2015), admitted the current Covid-19 pandemic has made his job a lot harder.

"With Covid it's (seeing the players in action) very difficult, but I'm used to calling them," he said.

"Thank God we have the TV so we can follow lots of games from around the world. And as soon as possible, I'll travel to meet the boys.

"I have to meet to talk with them. Everybody can bring their skill as long as they're doing well with their club."

Before the Nations Cup finals the Elephants have six 2022 World Cup qualifiers to play, starting in the first week of September with matches against Mozambique and then Cameroon.

In November there will be back-to-back ties with Malawi, with just one of the four teams from the group stage of qualifying progressing to Africa's final World Cup play-offs.

Ivory Coast will face defending champions Algeria, Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone in Group E of the Nations Cup in Cameroon in January.

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