Djib­ril SIDIBE

World Soccer - - Uefa Champions League Fixtures 2016-17 -

The right-back nar­rowly missed out on se­lec­tion for Euro 2016, but was in­cluded in Di­dier Deschamps’ first France squad of the new sea­son.

Bought for 15m from Lille this sum­mer, the 24-year-old na­tive of the north­ern city of Troyes was heav­ily linked with Arse­nal, but he turned them down af­ter con­clud­ing that he risked too many games on the bench at the Emi­rates.

He per­fectly fits the pro­file of the mod­ern full-back: ad­ven­tur­ous, quick, a good user of the ball and rugged and tena­cious de­fen­sively. Used to be known as “The Tortoise’ due to his poor head­ing.

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