Traore set for French return
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
LIVERPOOL defender Djimi Traore is set to return to France on a season long loan next term.
The highly-rated Frenchman spent all of last season at Lens and helped the club to finish as runners-up to Lyon in Le Championnat.
The player's agent Pape Diouf revealed to Planetfootball.com that two clubs were interested in bringing the player back to France on loan.
"There are two clubs who want to take Djimi on loan next season after an impressive season with Lens last term.
"Djimi will definitely return to France for one season as the financial situation in France is not like in England," said Diouf.
"The problem is that no club in France can afford to pay the £1 million transfer fee for Djimi and they would prefer to take him on loan for free for a season."
Traore confirmed to Planetfootball.com that he was looking forward to his return to France, but admitted maybe he had made a mistake in not joining Blackburn Rovers last term.
The 22-year-old has been a long-standing transfer target for Rovers boss Graeme Souness and he turned down the chance to move to Ewood Park last year.
"I am looking forward to going back to France, but I feel I did make a massive mistake in not joining Blackburn," Traore told Planetfootball.com
"I had the opportunity of going to Blackburn last year but Lens were also interested and I moved to them in the hope getting into the national team and possibly the World Cup.
"I was very impressed by Graeme Souness when I spoke to him and maybe in hindsight I should have joined Blackburn, but my club Liverpool wanted too much money for me."