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The Manchester United star has taken to Instagram to pay tribute to former Atalanta teammate and ‘friend’ Willy Ta Bi (Willy Braciano), who sadly passed away at the age of 21.
African outlet Koaci report that Willy had battled liver cancer for months. Ta Bi had represented AS Adjame, Moossou and ASEC Mimosas in Ivory Coast before joining Atalanta in January 2019.
Koaci reports that the talented defensive midfielder, who also experienced a loan stint with Pescara, had represented Côte d’Ivoire at the youth level, captaining them in massive Francophonie games in 2017.
Amad Diallo, who previously agreed to a transfer to Manchester United from Atalanta on the deadline day of the summer extended window and completed a trade in January, paid tribute to his friend on Instagram.
The 18-year-old United wonder boy has shared four tribute posts on his Instagram account so far, the first two in Italian and accompanied by ‘Now sleep in peace friend’ and ‘Rest in peace friend’.
This third previous tribute post was written in French, the language of the Ivorians and read Rest in peace the building and may Allah Ajawadjal (Mighty and Majestic), accept you on his loan, Inshallah (God Willing). ‘
This is terrible news, we would like to send our best wishes to Willy’s family, friends and former teammates, the promising talent has seen his life ended due to cancer.