Digne flattered by PSG link
Much-sought-after full-back Lucas Digne has admitted he is "flattered" by Paris Saint-Germain's interest in him while the Ligue 1 champions' search for a stop-gap coach has reportedly led them to Guus Hiddink.
PSG have yet to make a move in the transfer market this summer, but Digne, 19, is reportedly high on their list of priorities after a breakthrough season at Lille. Tipped by the northern club's coach, Rudi Garcia, as a French international of the near-future, French media sources claim the left-back will soon be the subject of a €15 million bid from the Parc des Princes.
"Of course I'm flattered people are talking about me going to Paris, but for the moment I'm not thinking about that," Digne, who is part of the France squad currently preparing for the Under-20 World Cup, told the media. "It's only rumours. I'm focused on the Under-20 World Cup, that's my priority. The coach has simply asked us to sort out our situations before the start of the tournament."
After establishing himself at Lille during the last campaign, Digne is one of the club's most saleable assets, and the 2010-11 Ligue 1 champions' failure to qualify for European competition for next season means the Paris region-born defender will likely have to be cashed in on.
PSG would initially use Digne as back-up to Brazilian Maxwell before the Frenchman would step up to become first choice; Pierre Mankowski, France's Under-20 coach, believes the youngster has the qualities required.
"Lucas stands out from the crowd thanks to his huge physical potential," he told Le Parisien. "He can reproduce effort throughout 90 minutes, repeating sprints at maximum power. As well as that, he has very promising attacking and defensive qualities."
Should Digne move to the French capital, he may find himself under the tutelage of Hiddink. Out-of-contract with Anzhi Makhachkala, the Dutchman has not ruled out extending his stay with the Russian Premier League club, but a reported sighting of him at a prestigious Parisian hotel on Monday has set tongues wagging.
With PSG reportedly looking to make an interim appointment should Carlo Ancelotti be granted his wish to leave the club this summer, Hiddink, who won the FA Cup with Chelsea after stepping in for a five-month spell following Luiz Felipe Scolari's sacking in 2009, is seen as a viable option to fill the position as the club waits for Arsene Wenger's contract at Arsenal to expire next year before appointing the Frenchman.
The club's reported first-choice solution, sporting director Leonardo, is still waiting to hear the outcome of his appeal against a nine-month ban which would prevent him from sitting in the dug-out on matchdays until early February.