For the first time since leaving PSG, in the very last hours of the transfer window, Abdou Diallo explains what prompted him to look elsewhere to finally join RB Leipzig in the form of a one-season loan. With the media “Carré”, in a video published on Monday, the Senegalese defender details his eventful summer.
“I arrive in this transfer window where I say to myself: I have been at PSG for three years, there have been some great times, remembers the left-hander who arrived in Paris in the summer of 2019. There was a half -Champions League final, a final, which are the two best campaigns in the club’s history. But there were much more difficult moments, where I played less, where I was injured or something. »
“I wanted to be important in a project”
With only 75 games on the clock and already three different coaches in three seasons (Thomas Tuchel, Mauricio Pochettino and Christophe Galtier), Abdou Diallo preferred to aim for a new experience: “I felt that I was coming to the end of something and that I didn’t intend to stay at the club to be useless, in fact. And the transfer window, as long as the championship has not started, is the time when you also have to think about yourself. I wanted to be important in a project, to count and to be able to bring my stone to the building”.
After contacts with AC Milan or Aston Villa, it was RB Leipzig who won the favor of the former Dortmund player. “I had a lot of requests all summer. I was very demanding because I didn’t want to make a mistake. And Leipzig, for me, it ticked all the boxes: a good club, with ambitions, with a big project, a stable project. It played the Champions League, it plays the leading roles in the Bundesliga. I found players that I knew, a championship that I knew and I also wanted to put myself at risk. »
Over the weeks, Diallo rediscovered the pleasure of playing with the Germans in Leipzig (3 tenures, including 2 in the Champions League), despite the difficult start to the season for his team. “I’m 26, it’s time. I don’t want to have any regrets at the end of my career. We are going to go there. If it works, so much the better, if it doesn’t work, at least we will have tried, ”concludes the winner of the 2022 African Cup of Nations.