Leeds United defender Sol Bamba has relived the moments he trained with Ronaldinho and admits he could have stayed at Paris Saint-Germain as a youngster, but opted to continue his career elsewhere, as per Sky Sports.
The 30-year-old, who started his career in the French capital, moved to Elland Road in January as the Championship outfit signed the Ivory Coast international on loan from Palermo until the end of last season.
Bamba only moved to the Serie A side in the summer of 2014, but in signing for Leeds at the time he became the club’s ninth arrival from Italy since owner Massimo Cellino took over the club.
Bamba was ever-present under Neil Redfearn last term as he played in all 19 league games following his move back to England.
His form was so impressive that he joined Leeds permanently on a three-year deal this summer, but it could have been so very different had he taken up PSG’s offer of a five-year deal as a youngster.
Bamba said: “I trained with the first team for three years, only playing a handful of games. I was very young and learning my trade. It was a good experience training with players like Ronaldinho and Jay-Jay Okocha. But obviously, it’s a very different club now.
“I needed some first-team football. I could have stayed at Paris Saint-Germain and signed a five-year contract but I wanted to go on loan and they didn’t want me to go out. I decided to turn it down and went to Scotland.
“It was good because I learnt the language and learnt how to play the British way. The way I’ve done it, if I could change anything I wouldn’t, because I’ve learnt slowly, slowly. It’s got me where I am now and I’m very happy.”
Bamba has also been ever-present under Uwe Rosler in the new Championship season, but has been unable to help his side to three points just yet.
The club have drawn all four of their league games this season, with Bamba playing every single minute of the campaign thus far.
Rosler will be hoping his side can get their first three points of the season when they travel to Paul Clement’s struggling Derby County on Saturday.