Abdou Diallo plans to hold talks with Borussia Dortmund over his role in team amid Paris Saint-Germain’s flattering interest in him.
Diallo only joined Dortmund last summer from fellow German side Mainz 05 in a €28m deal. It came about following a breakthrough campaign at the Opel Arena, where he impressed observers with both his defensive prowess and versatility.
So, it didn’t take much convincing for Dortmund to splash out such a huge fee on 23-year-old Diallo.
The young Frenchman then went on to make 38 appearances in all competitions last season to help Dortmund finish runners-up in the Bundesliga and reach the Champions League knockout stages.
Diallo’s impressive progress at Signal Iduna Park has reportedly captured the interest of former Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, who now manages PSG.
Fueling the speculation that Diallo could return to France is Mats Hummels’ return from Bayern Munich this summer.
The World Cup winner will likely be a regular in the Dortmund backline next season, which means either Diallo, Manuel Akanji or Dan-Axel Zagadou will be spending more time on the bench.
Now, Diallo concedes he needs to have a chat with Dortmund over his future amid the tempting prospect of joining French champions PSG.
“A young player in Europe who tells you that PSG’s project is not interesting is not credible, it’s a nice project,” Diallo told L’Equipe.
“It’s a form of acknowledging my accomplishment to hear that, but without wanting to resort to the worn-out phrases of footballers, I have a contract.
“So far I have not been told that I have to go. I don’t want to make a big fuss. We have to see if the vision is the same.
“And once we are all on the same wavelength, we make a decision. I am waiting to see, to hear what the people have to say to me, what they think of me.”
When asked about Hummels, Diallo replied: “He is a historical player of the club, the country and he will bring us experience.
“In addition, I think he is another serious competitor. You have to see it as a challenge.”
Diallo still has another four years left on his contract at Dortmund.