Ligue 1 Star Speaks Out: Future Uncertain Amid Liverpool Links
Rumoured Liverpool transfer target, Khephren Thuram, has spoken up about his immediate future plans amidst swirling speculations. Thuram, currently lighting up the Ligue 1 with Nice, has been linked with a significant move to the Premier League giants.
Reported by L’Equipe, Liverpool’s interest in Thuram could turn into a concrete offer. Nice’s management seemingly won’t form a roadblock should an offer near €40m (£34.5m) cross their desk. However, the 22-year-old midfielder has opened up, denying the buzz about an imminent departure and instead showering effusive praise on his current club’s caretaker manager, Didier Digard.
Speaking at the UNFP Trophies ceremony, and quoted by the Liverpool Echo, Thuram shared:
“I want to progress, go on the field, have fun. For now, I’m in Nice. It’s going very well. I really like the club, so I still see myself in Nice. I am very well in Nice.”
The admiration for Digard came through, as Thuram continued:
“There are noises, I hear, but I’m happy in Nice. I hope to grow with this club. I would like (Digard) to stay because he brought a lot to this group when it was in a difficult period.”
He further underscored the depth of his gratitude towards the interim coach, saying, “I don’t know if I tell him enough but he’s someone I can never thank enough. He helped me a lot in difficult times in my young career. We worked a lot together. I wish him only happiness, in Nice, or elsewhere.”
With such heartfelt comments from Thuram about his current club, the reports from L’Equipe suggesting he and his agent might be looking for a move to Liverpool come under question. Publicly, at least, the French midfielder seems content to continue his journey on the French Riviera, notwithstanding the rumours circling his career.
Given the respect Thuram holds for Digard, it is conceivable that his decision may hinge on whether Digard is handed the permanent managerial role with Les Aiglons. The potential for this eventuality is high, considering Digard’s impressive record of 11 wins and only five losses in his 24 matches as caretaker (Transfermarkt).
Regardless of Thuram’s current affiliation to Nice, Liverpool should not rule out exploring their chances with him if they indeed view him as a vital cog for their future plans.
Under the stewardship of sporting director Jorg Schmadtke, Liverpool could potentially start an ambitious project this summer. This overhaul could indeed open a window for Thuram to be swayed by the allure of playing on Merseyside.