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Mamadou Sakho admits he had to quit PSG

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Liverpool's new defender Mamadou Sakho has admitted he had to quit PSG in order to return to the France squad.

The £18million man was recalled to Didier Deschamp's France squad this week ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifier against Finland on Friday.

The 28-year-old - who signed for Liverpool in August - found game time hard to come by after the arrival of Brazilian duo Thiago Silva and Marquinhos at Parc des Princes, and was subsequently dropped by his nation.

"I had to quit Paris to get back in the France squad," he said in an interview published in Le Parisien newspaper on Tuesday.

"Being picked again proves many things. That I still have that level. Most of all that I didn't leave to join a big club because of the competition (at PSG)."

Despite having to compete with Martin Skrtel, Kolo Toure, Daniel Agger, Sebastián Coates and Tiago Ilori for a starting role at the heart of the Anfield defence. Sakho said he was happy to compete with his team mates and suggested the centre-back battle at PSG was not as straight forward as it is at Liverpool.

"At Liverpool there are also very good players in my position, but the competition is clean. At Paris it had become complicated.

"I don't want to break sugar on anyone's back. I could say many things about certain directors at Paris but there's no point.

"I've put that behind me and closed the door. The day I decided to leave PSG, I just got on with it."

Sakho, who has 14 France caps, has made four Premier League appearances for the Reds and helped guide them to joint-top of the table alongside Arsenal with 16 points.

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