Liverpool transfers: France star Mamadou Sakho hints at PSG exit
Liverpool transfers: PSG defender Mamadou Sakho says he may need to leave the club to safeguard is place in the France set-up
Mamadou Sakho admits he may need to leave Paris Saint-Germain in a bid to secure regular first-team football, with Liverpool reportedly tracking the defender.
The 23-year-old has fallen out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti this season, with the PSG boss making Alex and Thiago Silva his first-choice centre-half pairing.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to strengthen his defensive options following veteran Jamie Carragher’s decision to retire at the end of the season.
And Sakho has fuelled speculation that he could join the Reds after revealing he is keen to leave PSG in the summer to ensure he remains part of Didier Deschamp’s France set-up.
“In the mind of the PSG coach, I’m third [in the pecking order of central defenders]. I finally accept it, even if I do not understand it, especially since I’ve not had an explanation – that disappointed me too,” he told L’Equipe.
“I have to play football at club level to qualify for the France team. Next season will be particularly important. I’ve had a difficult time at PSG for a year and a half. I must play to continue my progress.”
Sakho has scored seven goals in 189 appearances for PSG after progressing through the Parisian club’s youth academy.