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PSG Determined To Keep Liverpool Target Mamadou Sakho

PSG chief hopes for Sakho u-turn.

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PSG chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi hopes to be able to persuade in-demand defender Mamadou Sakho to stay with the club, according to Sky Sports.

The 23-year-old is a highly rated talent in Ligue 1, but has found first-team opportunities harder to come by in recent years due to the arrivals of several big names to PSG since they were purchased by their wealthy Qatari owners.

Thiago Silva joined from AC Milan last summer, and talented youngster Marquinhos from Roma this year, and Sakho is now said to be considering a move away from the club as he is unhappy with not being automatic first choice for Laurent Blanc’s side.

The likes of Liverpool and Milan have been tracking the talented Frenchman, but al-Khelaifi insists he rates the defender highly and cannot imagine him playing anywhere else.

He also expressed a surprise that Sakho wants to leave, and believes he can persuade him to reject the advances of other teams.

“He is a child from the club, just like Steven Gerrard at Liverpool, players you can hardly imagine wearing another shirt,” he said.

“I am a bit surprised to see he wants to leave. I had a talk with him. My position is very clear and he knows it: we want to keep him and we will do our best for that.”

Sakho has made nearly 200 appearances for the Parisian club since becoming a regular for the side in 2007.

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