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Liverpool target considering move

Mamadou Sakho is pondering a move abroad

By | 11th August 2013
Mamadou Sakho

After being dropped from the French national team ahead of Les Bleus‘ upcoming friendly against Belgium, Paris Saint-Germain center-back Mamadou Sakho is considering a move away from the Parc des Princes in order to resurrect his international career and re-establish himself as a first team player, with Liverpool leading the chase to sign the 23-year-old.

The Express is reporting that the Frenchman has been hurt by comments made by national team manager Didier Deschamps regarding the decision to drop Sakho in favor of recovering defender Eric Abidal, with Sakho ready to leave the Parisian club in hopes of securing more playing time.

Deschamps commented about Sakho and the national team snub to the press.

“This is life. This is his career. He had a choice to make and apparently he made it. I do not know if everyone understands [why he was overlooked] but he does. His choice is PSG,” Deschamps said, according to The Express.

“He returned a little later because he went with us [to the Confederations Cup]. Since then he has played twice, 60 minutes. He did not play the Champions Trophy. I do not know if he will play Friday against Montpellier. They know [they will not be selected if they are not playing].

“They make a choice. After all, it is their career. They have people who are there to guide them. In his situation it comes down to the fact that he has to be selectable to be selected.”

Sakho has featured minimally in PSG’s preseason tour after returning from holiday following the Confederation’s Cup in Brazil. And with new signing Marquinhos expected to occupy the second center-back role alongside club captain Thiago Silva, the Frenchman is likely to fall to the bench and lose his starting spot from last season.

Sakho drawing interest from Liverpool and AC Milan

Liverpool and AC Milan have both been keeping tabs on the defender, with the Reds keen on adding another top-notch center-back after signing former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Kolo Toure earlier this summer. And with the futures of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel unconfirmed, Liverpool may be encouraged to bid for Sakho as he aims to establish himself as a first team player in hopes of impressing Deschamps and playing his was back into the national side ahead of next summer’s World Cup.

However, Sakho maintains that he prefers to remain at his childhood club PSG.

“I am flattered by the interest of historic clubs like Liverpool and AC Milan. We will see what happens in the near future,” he told L’Equipe.

“I have to make a decision. PSG is my club, I was born here and I learned my football here. I want to play for this club all my life, but it is clear that I do not want to sit on the bench.”

Since breaking into PSG’s first team in 2007, Sakho has appeared 196 times, winning the Ligue 1 title last season as well as being named to the 2010-2011 UNFP Ligue 1 Team of the Year. The Reds will be hopeful that the Frenchman’s defensive talents can translate properly to the style and pace of the Premier League should Sakho agree to a transfer to Anfield.



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  1. Udemba Micheal says:

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  3. Amy Thomas says:

    Lfc are to slow getting quality in
    lfc signed 4 players 23 mil
    spurs signed 4 players. 60 mil
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  4. Amy Thomas says:

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