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EXCLUSIVE: Lucas Digne: All Time Low

Football News can exclusively reveal certain details regarding the future of PSG’s young left-back Lucas Digne, who is going through some of the lowest moments of his career to date. 

Having joined PSG in 2013 from fellow Ligue 1 side Lille, Lucas Digne has still not managed to impose himself and earn a place in Laurent Blanc’s starting XI. Back during his time at Lille, between the ages of 18 and 20, Digne played 62 games, 5104 minutes under Rudi Garcia. Within almost two seasons at PSG, Digne has played 40 matches for PSG, amassing just 3451 minutes of playing time in the French capital.

The question in Lucas Digne’s camp is not whether he made the right decision joining PSG or not, but what the next step should be. 

A source close to the player has revealed to GFFN that Digne was extremely disappointed with the contract extension of Maxwell. The 33 year old Brazilian is the man responsible for Digne’s lack of game time as his excellent performances at left-back continue to shut the young Frenchman out of PSG’s starting XI. 

To add insult to injury, Lucas Digne has not been selected by coach Didier Deschamps to represent France in their upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Denmark. Digne was part of the France setup for the World Cup last summer, but has now had a serious warning shot fired at him by the national team camp who are unimpressed by Digne’s lack of game time.

Now this piece of news in many ways hurts Digne far more than the contract extension of Maxwell. The reality of how difficult it will be for the French left-back to earn a place in Didier Deschamps’ EURO 2016 squad seems to be hitting home. Layvin Kurzawa (Monaco) and Benoit Tremoulinas (Sevilla) alongside Patrice Evra (Juventus) are all challenging for presumably just two spots for the next major tournament which holds a special significance, being held in France. 

The player’s relatives have insisted to our sources that Lucas Digne does however see Maxwell’s renewal as a show of a real lack of confidence from PSG’s representatives and the staff in his abilities.

Already aware of the deteriorating nature of his situation last summer, Manchester City’s Patrick Vieira is understood to have had discussions with the player after the World Cup, but Digne decided not to follow up Manchester City’s interest, which does remain to this day. The English club are also very attentive to Layvin Kurzawa’s situation and have been in regular contact with both AS Monaco and the player’s representatives. 

AS Roma boss Rudi Garcia has also made contact very recently about a possible move, as he considers his options this summer. The Digne camp are hesitating due to the uncertain nature of Garcia’s job.

All is not well for Lucas Digne.

A.K./C.S./C.N.

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