Paris Saint Germain assistant manager Claude Makelele has set aside rumours that Mamadou Sakho will be sold in the summer.

The talented centre-back has emerged as a possible target for the Premier League, with potential suitors such as Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle United all believed to be keen on acquiring his services this coming summer.

The French footballer who came through the PSG’s youth ranks, is not a regular at Parc des Princes and has kept no secret of his desire to move to a club where he would get first-team action.

Liverpool and Arsenal could offer the defender his wish, as both the English clubs look to strengthen their rear-guard ahead of the next season.

Nonetheless, despite his fringe presence in the squad, Carlo Ancelotti’s aide has revealed that he will not be put for sale.

Makelele hailed Sakho as the ‘future of the club’, but admonished him to be more professional in his approach while considering his future.

He told Le Parisien: “Mamadou is the future of the club. It is impossible he could leave. Sometimes I also had bad thoughts as a player. He has to reject them

“Of course he needs to hear that he is important but sometimes he has to remain quiet. Mamadou has now reached a level where he cannot act as a child and ask for affection. He is a professional.

“He is in a world where the strongest ones don't say anything. The more Mamadou shows his power on the pitch, the more it will be impossible to not play him because he is just a great defender.”

The 23-year-old has represented PSG in 189 matches in all competitions since 2007 and has also got seven goals to his name.


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