France coach Didier Deschamps has attempted to persuade Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho to leave Anfield in order to save his career.
The 26-year-old has yet to make an appearance for the first-team this season after being frozen out by Jurgen Klopp following a falling out over the summer which came off the back of his failed drugs test in April, as noted by The Mirror.
Although he has continued to train with the Under-23s with a view of breaking back into the senior squad, the future on Merseyside looks bleak for the French international.
In turn, Deschamps has urged him to consider his options in January, as ultimately by not playing for his club, he is also putting his international career in jeopardy.
“There has to be another solution for him to find another club in the January window,” he is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
Sakho failed to find a solution to his issue prior to the summer transfer window deadline, with Klopp not swaying from his stance to keep him out of the squad since.
With the likes of Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan ahead of him in the pecking order, it’s difficult to see Sakho returning to the fold any time soon, and so despite his best efforts, he should listen to those around him and look for an alternative situation in January.
The former PSG captain would still be an important addition for many clubs around Europe, but time will tell as to whether or not he is willing to move on as he continues to train with the youth team with an obvious desire to change Klopp’s mind rather than seek a move elsewhere in the summer when he had the chance.