Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho: I’m not bitter about PSG exit

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho insists he is not bitter about his Paris Saint-Germain exit after completing a £18m switch to Anfield

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Brendan Rodgers signed Mamadou Sakho in a £18m deal Photo: Back Page Images

Mamadou Sakho insists he is not bitter about his Paris Saint-Germain exit after joining Liverpool on deadline day.

The 23-year-old struggled to hold down a regular starting spot at the Ligue 1 champions last season as former manager Carlo Ancelotti preferred Brazilian duo Alex and Thiago Silva in the heart of the Italian’s defence.

Liverpool capitalised on the France international feeling unsettled at his boyhood club as the Reds agreed a £18m deal with PSG to bring the towering defender to the Merseyside outfit last Monday.

And Sakho insists he is proud to sign for the 18-time English champions despite leaving the club which kick-started his career.

“I achieved beautiful things at Paris that I am very proud of, so I can leave raising my head high,” Sako told L’Equipe.

“Since the start of my career, my first desire has been to go on improving and reach the objectives I set.

“My career dictated me that choice. I move on without regret. Today I am joining a great club with fantastic fans. I am very proud to have signed at Liverpool.

“Early in the summer I had a talk with my PSG coach and chairman. Some things were said but not necessarily with any result. But there is no problem and I feel not bitterness. It was my choice to leave. No one pushed me to the exit door.

“Contrary to what I could hear, I don’t fear competition. At Liverpool, do you believe there will be no competition in my position?”

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