African star focused on LaLiga title


A Morocco star has shared his league title ambitions after winning the inaugural LaLiga mid-season African MVP award.

Yassine Bounou achieved this impressive feat earlier this month after edging out compatriot Youssef En-Nesyri and Nigeria star Samuel Chukwueze to win the prize.

The vote was decided by a large number of LaLiga fans, who took to multiple social media platforms to pick their winner. 

Sevilla are currently second in LaLiga after building a solid foundation in their defence, with the 30-year-old shot-stopper having an impressive 11 clean sheets in 20 matches this season – this places him above Real Madrid's Thibaut Courtois and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak in the race for the 2021/22 LaLiga Zamora award. 

Despite his personal success, Bounou has insisted the team's achievements are more important than individual awards. 

"Obviously, we, my team, would prefer to win the league because, throughout your football career, people will say he was the champion of a certain league, the Europa League or whatever, but with personal awards, people do not remember that," he said in an online press conference attended by Kick Off.  

"They only remember what the club has done, not the individual awards; the fans do not remember these things.  

"My objective is to continue to improve so that Sevilla can get the best version of Bounou, and that's it." 

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With the man between the sticks recently achieving the 100th clean sheet of his professional career, he was also asked if he is currently at the peak of his powers. 

"Well, what I'm convinced is that I am always undergoing a process of improvement, and to try to get to a higher level in all aspects, and I am very sure of that," Bounou responded.  

"I do not think I have got any limits, I am always trying to improve and that is it.  

"Apart from that, the results have been really good."  

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