Sakho prepared to leave PSG
Youngster "thinking about a departure" amid club transition
Last Updated: July 8, 2012 6:36pm
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Paris Saint Germain defender Mamadou Sakho has revealed he will seek an exit from the club if they continue to draft in extra competition.
"I had hopes to be called for Euros. But when I saw the list I had tears in my eyes."
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The 22-year-old, who has been a target for Arsenal in the past, lost his place in Carlo Ancelotti's side last term and the Italian boss has signalled his intentions to strengthen at centre-half.
Sakho also lost his place in the France international squad as a result of his club predicament, and could not contain his concerns any further as PSG continue to scout the continent for reinforcements.
"If another defender comes in, I will do everything to leave because I have to think about my future," he told L'Equipe.
"My objective this season is to be in the starting 11 at a club. So I am opened to propositions of clubs keen to play me and allow me to go on improving.
"I am not keen to experience the last six months of last season. I preferred not to talk about my personal case to not disturb the group.
"However, I had hopes to be called for Euros. But when I saw the list I had tears in my eyes. It was two years of work that fell through as I have always been called since August 2010.
"So I need to play at my club - that is very clear. That is why I am opened to propositions and I am thinking about a departure.
"It is the very first time I say that. So far at Paris I have always had trust and I tried to justify it. But now I don't feel that trust from the coach.
"When you are player and you hear a player in your position is being searched for, of course you feel unwanted and pushed to the exit door.
"I had a talk with Ancelotti just before holidays. His words didn't reassure me.
"I already had talks with coaches that relied on me, but it is the very first time I left the office with such feeling. He just told me to accept competition."
Ancelotti, meanwhile, is stunned by Sakho's outburst, but will only take action if the club receives an official transfer request.
"I was a little surprised because I spoke with Mamadou at the end of last season," said the former Chelsea manager.
"He was worried because he hadn't played. But he must understand that PSG will become a big club, there is a lot of competition for his place.
"I hope Mamadou accepts competition as he told me when we talked together. If a formal request to leave, it will be up to the club and the coach to make the decision."
Having previously stated his desire to play in England, Sakho admits he is now prepared to leave the club he joined as a trainee for another in the same division.
He said: "Some years ago I would say I wanted to leave for abroad. But today I feel I can wear another Ligue 1 club's shirt, to show Paris were wrong to not trust me."
Meanwhile, defensive midfielder Clement Chantome's proposed move to Lyon has broken down, with PSG pulling the plug on the deal.
"He said he would switch teams to win playing time and we considered what he said," said Ancelotti.
"But the club has spoken with Lyon but the final decision is that Chantome rest here."