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Hardwork ‘paying off’ for Mensah at Red Bull Salzburg

12:15 SAST 2017/09/29
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Exclusive: The Ghanaian defender talks about life with the Austrian champions

Ghanaian youngster Gideon Mensah is happy with the course of events at Austrian giants Red Bull Salzburg.

The 19-year-old joined Die Roten Bullen on a five-year deal last year, and like a duct to water, it took him little time to establish himself as the first choice left-back of feeder side Liefering.

He was also instrumental as Salzburg won the Uefa Youth League last season, securing him promotion to the senior outfit.

“It’s not surprising to me,” Mensah told Goal.

“My expectation was to join the team and get a regular place, so when it happened, I was not surprised because that was my plan.  

“There’s nothing like a secret; it’s just a lot of hard work for my position.”

This season, Mensah has made eight league appearances so far for Liefering.

He also had his maiden first-team game involvement in making the bench for Salzburg in a 2-2 draw with Rapid Wien in the Austrian topflight earlier this month.

“It was not easy at the beginning but things are getting better,” Mensah added.

“I’m in my second year now, so things are not like the first. I just have to continue.

“It was tough at the beginning because I had to get accustomed to the style of play here, which is quite different from that of Ghana. But everything is working out for me now.”

Mensah joined Salzburg from Ghanaian Premier League side Wafa.