Traore's Reds delight
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Djimi Traore says he is happy with life at Liverpool under Rafa Benitez.Djimi Traore is eager to extend his stay at Liverpool after gaining the trust of manager Rafa Benitez.
The gangly French defender looked to be on his way out of Anfield at the end of last term but the departure of Gerard Houllier led to a change of thinking on Merseyside.
Benitez placed faith in Traore from day one and the 25-year-old, who has established himself at full back, has thanked the Spaniard for reviving his Anfield career.
"He told me he trusts me," Traore told L'Equipe. "Since his arrival last summer he has always stated he relied on me. I was not sure at first, as I have heard those words in the past. But I now have stability."
Traore has a further season to run on his contract and he would happily sit down with the club's paymasters and agree fresh terms.
"It is a little early to talk about my contract," he added. "All I can say is I am happy here. I finally found myself as a full back and I am fine in that position.
"Honestly, today I have more fun on the left than in the centre. I feel I touch more balls. So I don't ask for anything."