In an interview with Le Parisien published this evening, French youth international Manu Koné notably discussed recent links with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, with the Ligue 1 leaders reportedly making the Borussia Mönchengladbach one of their key targets for their summer rebuild.
The Paris-born midfielder came through the youth ranks at Paris FC and Boulogne-Billancourt – the suburb directly to the west of the Parc des Princes – before breaking out at Toulouse, his impressive performances earning him a move to the other bank of the Rhine.
Asked about the interest shown by the French champions, Koné recognised that a return to the French capital would make sense, but that he would be prioritising playing time above anything else: “There’s a logical link. But whether that’s with PSG or another club, I don’t care – I just want to play football. With Mönchengladbach, I have playing time. So if I was to leave, I’d be thinking about that first.”
On the prospect of moving to a bigger club in general, the Frenchman – now on his second season in the Bundesliga – explained that he would rather focus on seeing out the season before thinking about moving on: “It’s my entourage and my friends who send me articles. It’s a source of pride for them to see my name associated with big clubs. But it doesn’t bother me either way. I would rather see out my season calmly. After that, we’ll see what happens.”
GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin