Paris Saint Germain defender Mamadou Sakho has made his decision whether to remain at the Ligue 1 giants amid interest from Liverpool, but will let his club sweat a little longer before announcing his intentions.
The 23-year-old has been a central figure at the Parisian club since making his debut as a 17-year-old, but the club's significant expenditure over the past two seasons has seen his once guaranteed place in the starting XI become less assured.
Former PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti favoured the central defensive partnership of Brazil captain Thiago Silva and former Chelsea defender Alex as his first choice pairing last season, although the arrival of Laurent Blanc as club's new manager could change that dynamic.
The €35m arrival of former Roma centre half Marquinhos further complicates matters, leaving Sakho to consider his options ahead of the new campaign. Liverpool, AC Milan and Monaco have been credited with interest in Sakho, and after holding discussions with PSG's club president Nasser Al Khelaifi, the centre half will announce his next step in due course.
"Now that I've spoken with them, everything is clear in my mind," Sakho is quoted as saying by Le Parisien. "I'll announce my decision in the near future."
With the World Cup 2014 less than a year away, Sakho's focus is on ensuring he is part of Didier Deschamps squad travelling to Brazil. With consistent first team football a prerequisite for a place in Les Blues ranks, Sakho realises he cannot afford to be on the bench this season.
"When you're an ambitious player, you dream all the time of wearing the colours of your country. This summer, I've made a clear choice, taking into account the French national team."
New manager Blanc's decision on what role the towering centre half will have to play next season is likely to be key to Sakho's future, but he is unlikely to be short suitors should his future lie away from the French capital.
"I have to make my decision," Sakho said at the end of last month. "PSG is my club, I was born here and I learned my football here. I want to play for this club all my life, but it is clear that I do not want to sit on the bench."