The 24 year old was a target for Arsenal last summer, and has been linked again in recent weeks. Talking in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe, the French international explained he did not feel he was ready to make the move to England when the Gunners came calling last July:
“It was just a question about my favourite Championship. It is a Championship that attracts me, but there are many French people who left early, or at some point in their careers that was not necessarily the right one, and who have somewhat disappeared. It is necessary to leave at the right moment and to know if I have the capacities to be performing there. “
Sidibe transferred from Lille to Monaco for £12.75m instead but he has clearly continued to impress Gunners boss Arsene Wenger since turning down the chance to move to the Emirates. Sidibe says he is still intrigued by a move the Premier League:
“The top 5 english [clubs] are seductive, but it is very difficult, too, although it does not scare me.”
As well as playing an integral role in Monaco’s league title win last season, he also helped the French side to the semi-finals of the Champions League, where they lost to Italian champions Juventus. In 47 appearances last campaign, Sidibe scored three goals and provided eight assists.