Alex understands Sakho departure
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Alex has said he understands Mamadou Sakho's decision to quit Paris Saint-Germain and is fully aware the stuttering Ligue 1 champions have room for improvement.
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With his route to the first team barred by Alex and Thiago Silva, and made more hazardous still by the summer addition of Marquinhos, Sakho, 23, decided to join Liverpool in the hope of securing more playing time having not made a league appearance for PSG this season.
With the 2014 World Cup looming large and still harbouring his own ambitions of returning to international football, Alex, 31, told the media he could see why Paris-born Sakho would take the difficult step of leaving the club where he had come through the ranks in an attempt to boost his chances at international level.
"He's a great player," Alex said. "He needs to play. It's a good choice for him because he has joined a great club. He wants to play the World Cup so he has to play. He's a player with talent and a future. It's a choice we understand."
With Marquinhos short of fitness after joining from Roma, Alex has been ever-present for PSG alongside Thiago Silva in Ligue 1 this season. However, with Marquinhos now available, PSG coach Laurent Blanc has suggested he will rotate his squad for Friday's encounter with Bordeaux, particularly given his team begin their Champions League campaign at Olympiakos next week.
Though his team are unbeaten after four games, Blanc will hope his expensively-assembled side produce a better performance against his former club than they did in recent wins over Nantes and Guingamp to head to Piraeus in an optimum frame of mind.
Alex acknowledged the French champions' form had been below-par so far.
"We know that we have to improve. We know that there is room for improvement. We have to play better. We'll have some difficult opponents. We clearly have to improve," the former PSV Eindhoven and Chelsea centre-back stated, adding it would take time for the club's summer arrivals, notably Edinson Cavani, to settle.
"With time we'll improve that. What's more, the international break made things more difficult. It's that which has made our start of the season tough, but it's going to improve."