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Sidibe says he had a proposal to stay at Everton

Djibril Sidibe of Everton (Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Djibril Sidibe had a decent loan spell at Everton last season but in the end the Blues decided not to retain his services.

However, the right-back, who was part of France’s World Cup-winning squad in 2018, claims he had a proposal to remain at Goodison Park.

Sport Witness quote Sidibe as telling Journal L’Est Eclair:

“I had a proposal to extend my stay in Everton. But staying there wasn’t just up to me.

“The two clubs discussed it and couldn’t come to an agreement.

“In this case, there is nothing we can do about it; it’s the football club that received other concrete proposals, from English, German and Spanish clubs, which didn’t meet my expectations.

“So I preferred to play it safe and go home to Monaco, to a club with which I’ve had a lot of success.”

Perhaps Sidibe means the option to turn his loan deal into a permanent switch but given the coronavirus’ impact on football’s finances, the Blues didn’t see that fixed price as a prudent figure this summer.

He certainly speaks fondly of his time on Merseyside.

Sidibe added:

“When I left for there, I just wanted to gain experience, to discover a new football.

“I joined a team whose captain, an emblematic player, played in my position.

“However, I was able to find my place, to play between 25 and 30 matches during the season, being good, performing well, with good statistics.

“This championship breathes football, the stadiums and the fans are fantastic. I also had the chance to rub shoulders with Carlo Ancelotti, a world-renowned coach.

“Yes, I will only have good memories of my time in Everton. I can’t wait to return to England in the very near future.”