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How Sarr's family prepared him for success

6 Oct 2023

Spurs midfielder talks about his upbringing in Senegal as we celebrate the diversity of the Premier League for No Room For Racism

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Family has played a key role in Pape Matar Sarr making his way from Senegal to enjoying life in north London, the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder says.

"They drilled a hard-working mentality into me regarding football," Sarr says in a video that celebrates the diversity of the Premier League as part of No Room For Racism. "They always prepared me to be successful."

The importance of family never left Sarr. He departed his home to go through the Generation Foot academy in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.

In the academy, Sarr explains how it felt like a family environment due to the time that the players spent together.

Now, at Spurs he has been helped in settling into life in north London by "big brother" Yves Bissouma, the Mali midfielder. 

"I'm here to make the most of my time with my team-mates," Sarr said. "Yves is a good person. He's always supported me and always gives me advice. I can't ever pay him back."

Also in this series

Part 1: How the Premier League is fighting racism
Part 3: West Ham achieve Premier League equality standard
Part 4: How clubs and players supported No Room For Racism campaign
Part 5: Ogbene: It's important to teach younger generation about diversity
Part 6: Danjuma: My greatness comes from going through hardship
Part 7: How Wolves are educating young people about inclusion
Part 8: 'It's everyone's responsibility to do something about discrimination'
Part 9: Caicedo: Learning through diversity helped me reach the top
Part 10: Darren Bent on the men and women who've inspired him
Part 11: Benjamin Zephaniah on the Premier League and the legacy of Windrush
Part 12: Desailly: I looked far for my black sporting heroes
Part 13: Jimenez: Family support helped me become great
Part 14: Pittman: Sharing my knowledge will help the next generation
Part 15: Szoboszlai: My father helped me achieve the impossible
Part 16: Amadou Onana on the people who've inspired him
Part 17: Why family support is so important for Mbeumo and Wissa
Part 18: Gomez: Positive black role models are so important

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