PSG confirm Salvatore Sirigu can leave if Kevin Trapp deal threatens Italy role
Paris Saint-Germain will allow Salvatore Sirigu to leave the club this summer if the Italy international is unhappy following the signing of Kevin Trapp.
Sirigu, 28, was PSG's No. 1 goalkeeper as the Ligue 1 side registered an unprecedented domestic quadruple last season.
However, with coach Laurent Blanc reportedly unconvinced by Sirigu's performances in the Champions League, PSG spent €9 million on signing Trapp from Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this month.
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Trapp, 25, is widely expected to start the upcoming season as PSG's No. 1, leaving Sirigu on the bench and threatening his position as one of the Azzurri's top three goalkeepers in the months leading up to Euro 2016.
With Valencia reportedly ready to spend €8-10m on the former Palermo man, who moved to the Parc des Princes from Sicily in 2011 just after the club's Qatari owners had taken over, Sirigu has been told he can leave the French capital if he so desires.
"If Salvatore Sirigu tells us he wants to leave, that he feels his playing time won't be enough between now and [Euro 2016], we won't stand in his way," PSG deputy sporting director Olivier Letang told media referring to Sirigu at the official presentation of Trapp.
"When you're at a big club, you need competition in every position. Laurent Blanc has indicated a hierarchy has been established. The choice has been very clearly communicated to the players. We have talked, his decision has not yet been taken.
"He was one of the first to join the PSG project, he's given a lot to the club. We are determined to pay tribute to what he has done since his arrival in 2011."
Sirigu arrived at the Parc des Princes expecting to play second fiddle to Nicolas Douchez, but it is the latter who has filled the backup role after he suffered an injury that opened the door to Sirigu shortly after he had arrived.
Sirigu signed a three-year extension through to 2018 only last September, but is now expected to be reduced to a squad member.
With the Italian not due to return to training until this week, a better indication of his status will be given when PSG embark on their preseason tour of north America.
While Blanc, 49, has already made up his mind over who will start as No. 1, the PSG boss refused to reveal his choice to the media.
After impressing reporters with his French-speaking abilities, Trapp insisted he had been given no guarantees over his position in Blanc's plans.
"It's not something normal to have guarantees regarding your playing time. I didn't have them at Frankfurt, and I don't have them here," the former Kaiserslautern man, who has signed a five-year contract, said. "I'm going to work hard to be on the pitch, and the coach has the final decision."
He also paid tribute to his rival, adding: "Sirigu is a great goalkeeper. He plays for the national side and has played a lot of games since he arrived four years ago. He has won a lot of trophies too.
"I'm here to continue improving. It's a great opportunity for me. You have everything you could want here: a great city, a super training centre and good players. I am going to give the best of myself to try and be first-choice."