Everton defender Djibril Sidibe admits ‘Liverpool is a bit of a… sad town’ and chooses to live near Manchester

19 Nov

Everton ace Djibril Sidibe is still getting used to living in the north of England.

The right-back has made seven appearances for the Toffees since joining on loan from Monaco in the summer, but has managed to usurp club captain Seamus Coleman from the starting XI in the past month.

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Sidibe is now Everton’s right-back, but does not seem impressed by the city[/caption]

Sidibe told French news outlet L’Est Eclair: “It’s going well, I’m acclimatising bit by bit. I needed a bit of time, which is completely normal, especially since the Premier League is different.

“It’s an excellent league, probably the best in the world, with a lot of intensity.

“I live near Manchester, like the majority of players at Liverpool and Everton. Why? Let’s say Liverpool is a bit of a… sad town, that went through some suffering in the past.

“My kids go to an international school. They’re getting used to it, too.

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“As for my English, the club have a teacher there that we can go see every day, so when I have time, I go to class to get up to date.”

Sidibe has followed in the footsteps of Fabinho, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy, who all played with the defender at Monaco and then left to come to the Premier League.

The 27-year-old admits he is finding it hard to acclimatise to the British weather, having grown used to the Mediterranean sunshine.

“It’s not easy every day, but you make do with it. I already got a taste of it when I was at Lille,” he said.

“Here, in the north of England, it really rains all the time. From morning to evening. It’s part of my new life, even if I wouldn’t mind a ray of sunshine from time to time. I don’t mind it.

Sidibe, though, is speaking light heartedly as he turned down the chance to move to Spain because of the feeling he got from talking to manager Marco Silva.

“He was very clear with me: ‘If I made you come here, it’s to play you. It’s up to you to show me that you deserve it’.

“As I said, I know why I crossed the Channel. It’s for other reasons in England. I’ll have other life pleasures. The career of a footballer is short, so you need to know when to take good challenges.”

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