Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim is unhappy with comments made by his player Djibril Sidibe, who this week revealed an offer from Arsenal and hopes of joining a Premier League team next season.
Sidibe, 24, left Lille to join the principality side during the summer transfer window. As Monaco were putting the finishing touches on the deal, L'Equipe reported Arsenal were mulling over a late swoop for the France international, with the full-back confirming this week there was an offer – one he turned down due to a lack of guarantees over playing time.
"I was on the brink [of signing for Monaco] and [Arsenal] gave me a headache by making a bid at the last moment," he told Le Parisien. "After reflecting on it, I was not certain my playing time would be guaranteed."
Sidibe also revealed he hopes to join a Premier League club next summer.
"I chose to stay in Ligue 1 and then leave for the Premier League next year because it is a competition that greatly appeals to me."
Monaco manager Jardim was understandably irked by his player's remarks, insisting it will be the club who decide on his future, regardless of where he wants to play.
"I do not think he said that exactly... What is bad is the attempt by a player to suggest that he is only here for one year," he told a press conference, Goal France reports. "That is up to the club, not the player."
Sidibe has played eight games for Monaco this season at both left-back and right-back. In his interview with Le Parisien, he suggested Arsenal were only interested using him on the left-hand side of defence, while he is keen to play more often on his natural right side.
"They also wanted to use me on the left whereas I want to establish myself on the right," he said. "I chose to stay in Ligue 1 and then leave for the Premier League next year because it is a competition that greatly appeals to me."