Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he is still in touch with Mamadou Sakho, with the pair having worked together at Paris Saint Germain before the manager went to Real Madrid and the player went to Liverpool this summer.
Sakho spent six years at PSG before finally sealing his move to Merseyside during the summer transfer window. The club president had claimed in the lead-up to deadline day that he would not sell the centre back, who had worked through their youth ranks to join the senior line-up in 2007, but Liverpool's offer was seemingly too good to refuse.
Ancelotti's move to Real Madrid took place at the start of the summer but the Italian has revealed he still keeps in touch with Sakho, who made his debut for Liverpool last night.
"I exchanged SMS with Mamadou Sakho when he was transferred to Liverpool and I wished him good luck," he told L'Equipe, via Sport Witness. "This is a championship which suits him."
Since Ancelotti made the move over to the Spanish capital his former club made the record-breaking purchase of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.
Many insisted that this would spell the end of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's time with the French outfit, particularly considering the fact the the Swedish international is often the centrepoint of a side's attacking line-up. But the striker stayed on board and the pair have been learning to work together.
Ancelotti believes that with Cavani at PSG the club will be able to seriously challenge not only for the Ligue 1 title but also in the Champions League, where he took the club to the quarter finals last season.
He explained: "If Cavani scored more [than Ibrahimovic], it will mean that the PSG will win because PSG are going to score more goals. Ibra has no problem giving away a good ball. He is a team player, not everyone understands this."