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  25/04/2013: "Tounkara and Keita ready for Serie A"
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Nunzio Marchione, agent of Primavera stars Tounkara and Keita insists both players are ready for the step up to Serie A next season.

Marchione, the man responsible for bringing the two talents to Italy spoke to about his clients:

Tounkara and Keita, two jewels in the Primavera, their experience at Lazio continues to go well?
"I would say yes, everything is moving in the best possible way. The results have been satisfactory and the growth of both players is going very well."

Have they found the right place with the biancoceleste?
"Yes they are both happy to play at Lazio."

Was settling in Rome less complex than might have been expected?
"To tell you the truth I expected this impact for both. Keita and Tounkara grew up in Barcelona so they have been accustomed to wearing an important jersey. I was sure they would do well in Italy."

Now comes the best part...Serie A
"I am very confident. Serie A is the biggest challenge and is waiting for them. I believe in Tounkara and Keita."

How do you think Petkovic will handle them next season?
"Petkovic knows both of them very well, he will find the right place for them in the first team. Playing for Lazio has numerous pressures which should not be underestimated. Personally I have great confidence in Keita and Tounkara. At the moment Serie A is giving a chance to youth and it is paying off. Tounkara and Keita will get their chance."

The two boys have a great friendship off the field, how is their relationship with Lazio?
"They are more than friends, I would say like brothers. The rapport with Lazio is excellent, and both players know they owe this company a lot in terms of the belief Lazio has shown in them. Tare focused strongly on these guys and did everything possible to bring them to Rome."

Is there anybody you would like to thank at the moment?
"Yes, Mr. Bollini. He has been like a father to the boys and knows how to make them feel important even when they are not playing. He has been a major factor in their growth." 
Author: Giannino Capaldi
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