Abdou Diallo exits "loft" to train with PSG first-team squad


Abdou Diallo is set to rejoin Luis Enrique's main squad after being part of PSG's "loft" contingent for the first few weeks of the pre-season, RMC Sport reported on Wednesday.

Diallo had sought more playing time by going on loan to RB Leipzig during the previous season due to his unwanted status at PSG and Christophe Gatlier's choice of not counting on him.

However, a knee injury in the 2022-23 season led to him missing 13 matches with RB Leipzig, resulting in the club not exercising the purchase option tied to his loan from PSG.

Following PSG's summer training restart, the Senegal international was integrated into the team's "loft" reserved for players expected to get sold eventually along with Kylian Mbappe. After a few days of training, it seems like Diallo has convinced new manager Luis Enrique enough for the Spaniard to make him part of the first-team group of players on the verge of the start of Ligue 1.

As reported by RMC Sport, the 27-year-old defender, whose contract with PSG runs through 2024, is expected to rejoin Luis Enrique's main group of players on Wednesday ahead of Matchday 1 of the league campaign.

L'Equipe and Le Parisien have also echoed this information, first reported by RMC. The Spanish coach wants to have "an extra center-back available" at the outset of the season, particularly with Nuno Mendes sidelined due to injury and Lucas Hernandez slotted in the left-back position.

All of the above said the future of Diallo at PSG is still murky. Several clubs, such as Betis, Sevilla, and Napoli have expressed interest in his services through the current transfer window, and PSG could still attempt a sale of their player.

Considering Diallo was a member of the "loft" until today, it's reasonable to at least expect PSG to listen to offers coming from elsewhere and accept them if they deem them right and high enough to acquire the services of the defender.

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