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Paul-Georges Ntep de Madiba (born 29 July 1992) is a Cameroon-born French professional footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club Saint-Étienne on loan from VfL Wolfsburg. He plays as a forward and is known for his quick pace and technical skill.[1]

Club career

Ntep was born in Douala, the largest city in Cameroon. He moved to France at the age of eight to live with his aunt who was situated in the commune of Grigny in southern Paris.[1] He began his career at US Ris Orangis and spent two years at the club. During his stint with Ris Orangis, he embarked on several trials with professional clubs, which included Auxerre, however, he was not signed. In 2005, Ntep joined the under-14 team of Viry-Châtillon and, after a year's stint with another amateur club (ESA Linas-Montlhery), signed with CS Brétigny Foot; a club that trained French internationals Patrice Evra and Jimmy Briand. While training at Brétigny, Ntep impressed club coaches and officials and, in 2009, was offered a three-day trial with professional club Auxerre, with whom Brétigny share a partnership.[1] After a successful trial, he was signed to an stagiaire (internship) contract.

Ntep began the 2009–10 season training with the club's under-18 team. Midway through the season, he joined the club's reserve team in the Championnat de France amateur. Ntep appeared in 14 matches for the team scoring two goals.[2] For the 2010–11 season, he began training with the senior team. Ntep was also named to the team's roster to appear in the UEFA Champions League. On 16 October 2010, he made the bench in the team's 1–0 defeat to Bordeaux. A week later, Ntep made his professional debut in a Coupe de la Ligue match against Bastia appearing as a substitute in the 31st minute for Dennis Oliech. Auxerre won the match 4–0.[3]

On 30 January 2014, Ntep joined Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais on a three-and-a-half year deal.[4]

In January 2017, Ntep joined the squad of German Bundesliga team VfL Wolfsburg in a contract until 2021.[5]

International career

Though Ntep was born in Cameroon, he is a French youth international having starred for the under-18 team in 2010. Three years later, he received the call from France U21 to compete in the Toulon Tournament.[6]

He is eligible to play for either Cameroon or France at senior level. On 24 May 2015, Ntep received a call-up to France's senior squad by coach Didier Deschamps to play in friendlies against Belgium and Albania.[7] He made his debut on 7 June 2015 in a 4–3 defeat to Belgium.[8]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Ntep de Madiba: "Une pensée pour mes entraîneurs"". French Football Federation. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ntep de Madiba Foot-National Profile". Foot-National (in French). Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Auxerre v. Bastia Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 27 October 2010. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "Officiel : P.G Ntep a signé son contrat" (in French). Stade Rennais F.C. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Wolfsburg sign France winger Ntep until 2021". reuters.com. 9 Jan 2017. Retrieved 9 Jan 2017. 
  6. ^ [1] (in French)
  7. ^ http://www.espnfc.com/france/story/2461622/pogba-and-evra-in-france-squad-despite-champions-league-final
  8. ^ "Belgium warm up for Wales Euro 2016 qualifier with win in France" BBC Sport. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.

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