According to The Liverpool Echo, Everton loanee Djibril Sidibe says he is “very, very happy” at the club, which is good news for the Toffees if they intend to seal a summer move for the Frenchman.
Well, the 27-year-old joined the Merseyside outfit on a season-long loan deal during the summer transfer window, with The Liverpool Echo reporting that Carlo Ancelotti’s men have an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season for a fee of around £12.7m.
Speaking following the 3-1 win against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Saturday, the right-back said, via The Liverpool Echo: “I am very, very happy.
“I’m enjoying my football and I feel like I have got the confidence of my team-mates.”
Of course, if you are considering buying a loan player on a permanent basis then you at least want to know that they are happy at the club, and that seems to be the case with Sidibe.
The France international certainly hasn’t been perfect during his temporary spell on Merseyside so far, and hasn’t looked particularly comfortable when playing further forward on the right, as he did when he replaced the injured Theo Walcott against the Eagles at the weekend.
He has also looked suspect defensively in some matches too, however he has provided an impressive five assists in 21 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees and was described by former caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson as being “unbelievable” having played through illness against Chelsea in December.
Sidibe has generally been picked over teammate Seamus Coleman – Saturday and the game against West Ham United aside – in Ancelotti’s starting XI, and given the fact he should be in his prime and has 18 caps for his country, £12.7m would have to be viewed as a bargain fee.
The Italian manager now has a final decision to make on the “very, very happy” player in the next couple of months.