The former Lille defender, Djibril Sidibe has alleged that he declined the last-minute move to English Premier League, Arsenal, prior to signing for the France side, Monaco, but still wishes to switch to the Premier League someday.
The France defender who signed for Monaco from Lille in the previous transfer window on a five-year deal, had previously spent no less than four seasons at Lille until July when he decided to switch.
The 24-year old full-back discussed the dramatic dilemma he passed through when The Gunners came in for him at a time where he was close to completing the transfer to Monaco, although he eventually rejected the switch considering his regular first-team appearance in future.
“I was on the brink of signing and Arsenal gave me a headache by making a bid at the last moment,” he told Le Parisien. “Normally you would jump straight at the opportunity, but after reflecting on it and thinking in two ways, I was not certain my playing time would be guaranteed at Emirates due to the competitors I was to go and meet.”
“I would have played maybe 25 games this season, including the cups. They also wanted to use me on the left whereas I want to establish myself on the right.”
The Frenchman makes his future move clear that he may switch to the English Premier League next year because he finds the competition there more appealing.
Sidibe has featured in five of eight Monaco Ligue 1 matches this season. He has a goal and an assist as a defender, and he is currently enjoying the first team action he considered before penning a deal with Monaco.
Arsenal were unlucky in moves to sign Leicester City hit-men Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy in the transfer.