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Malang Sarr

Personal information

  • Name

    Malang Sarr
  • Date of birth

    23 January 1999 (age 23)
  • Birthplace

    Nice, France
  • Height

    1.82m (6 ft 0 in)
  • Weight

    72 kg
  • Position

    Defender
  • Number

    31

Biography

Malang Sarr, a young French defender previously with Nice, joined Chelsea in August 2020.

2021/22

After joining Thomas Tuchel's first-team squad for pre-season, Sarr was eased into the action during the early stages of the campaign, making his Chelsea debut in the Carabao Cup against Aston Villa and featuring throughout again as we beat Southampton in the next round, both on penalties following 1-1 draws at Stamford Bridge.

Between those two matches, his first Premier League appearance arrived, playing from the start and helping us keep a clean sheet in a 1-0 win away at Brentford.

On loan

It was announced at the same time he would spend the 2020/21 season out on loan, providing the chance to gain valuable game time and add to his experience so he will be ready to join our squad. At the start of October that year he moved on loan to Porto for the remainder of the campaign.

During his season on loan at Porto, Sarr made 19 appearances for their first team, including six in the Champions League, although he remained on the bench for their quarter-final games against Chelsea.

Pre-Chelsea

Sarr had played for his local side Nice since he was five years old and became a regular in their first team at the age of 17. He had a dream start when he scored the only goal of the game on his debut in a Ligue 1 match against Rennes in August 2016.

Primarily a centre-back but also able to play on the left of a back three and at left-back (he is left-footed and six foot tall), within three years he had made 100 appearances and won the club’s Young Player of the Year award. He has scored in the Europa League and has experience of the Champions League qualifying rounds. For his last two seasons on the Cote d'Azur he was managed by Patrick Vieira.

With Nice opting for a patient, build-up-from-the-back style, Sarr was often involved early in their moves and his passing into the attacking third had influence. He has a good first touch and defensively, his mobility stands out. In total for Nice he made 119 appearances and scored three goals.

International

At international level, Sarr is eligible to play for Senegal due to his parents, but he has represented France from Under-16s to Under-21s level and captained their Under-18s. He played at the 2019 Under-21 Euros.