Everton's Sidibe is part of most exclusive WhatsApp group in sport

Everton’s Djibril Sidibe is part of the most exclusive WhatsApp group in sport but that doesn’t mean France’s World Cup winner always remembers to wear two socks!

  • Djibril Sidibe, on loan at Everton from Monaco, won the 2018 World Cup
  • The victorious French squad have their own exclusive WhatsApp group
  • Sidibe swaps stories and banter with Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and Co
  • He could face compatriot Anthony Martial in Man United game on Sunday
  • Sidibe was embarrassed in Crystal Palace game after forgetting one of his socksĀ 

Everton’s Djibril Sidibe is thrilled to be on the most prized WhatsApp group in sport.

As a member of France’s World Cup-winning squad, he’s one of only 23 members allowed to join Les Champions du Monde 2018 where he swaps stories and banter with the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba.

‘The whole squad is in it. It’s pretty cool,’ admits the 27-year-old defender who played in one of Les Bleus group games en route to glory in Russia.

Djibril Sidibe, on loan at Everton from Monaco, won the 2018 World Cup with France

The full-back takes on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during last weekend’s game with Arsenal

‘Benjamin Mendy gave me stick on there for my level of English when I first joined Everton on loan from Monaco. He was threatening to put out my first interview in English on Twitter.’

Sidibe has already been part of two great teams, the 2017 Monaco Champions League semi-finalists which included other Premier League imports Bernardo Silva and Fabinho, and the French national team.

His friend Pogba is currently injured but Sidibe could face another pal Anthony Martial on Sunday if the United forward recovers from a twinge in his thigh.

Sidibe and Nabil Fekir celebrate winning the World Cup after France’s 4-2 win over Croatia

Sidibe is hoping for a place in the Everton team when they take on Manchester United next

The pair played together for France in 2016 when Martial was tipped to be the next big thing before stalling at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho.

Now he’s back to his best and has scored in his last three games. Sidibe says: ‘He’s more experienced and has more responsibility with Marcus Rashford injured. I know what a handful he can be and think he’s more dangerous than ever.

‘Sometimes there is chat between friends in the tunnel before games. You might say something like: “Take it easy!”

‘As a defender, the biggest thing is to win the first one-to-one battle. If you go in reasonably hard, you’ve made your mark psychologically. They know you mean business.’

Sidibe has been an important part of the Carlo Ancelotti revival at Goodison Park that has seen Everton climb from relegation danger to European prospects.

Sidibe was embarrassed after almost coming on against Crystal Palace with just one sock on

Sidibe admits that manager Carlo Ancelotti (left) did take the mickey out of him afterwards

The French right back will remember to put on both socks after his recent embarrassment against Crystal Palace. His appearance as substitute was delayed when he realised he only had one sock and had to disappear down the tunnel to get another.

‘It could have been worse. I thought about asking (fellow sub) Moise Kean if I could borrow his socks but that would have been even more ridiculous,’ smiles Sidibe.

‘The manager took the mickey out of me. The next day in training, it was: “Have you remembered your socks today?” But he’s an experienced guy, he just had a laugh about it.

‘Before the game, I warmed up with long pants, a tracksuit and a top. I didn’t notice at that point I only had one sock. I got caught up in the stress of the game though it hadn’t happened to me before.’

Everton fans, who watched their side thrash United 4-0 last season, will hope Sidibe’s loan spell can be made permanent, though he hints European football may help seal the deal.

Sidibe is open to extending his stay at Everton beyond the end of his loan spell from Monaco

‘I have had a chat with Carlo. He knows my feelings and he’s happy with the job I’m doing at the moment. The key is to concentrate on obtaining our objectives. The end of the season will be the time to talk about this.’

He’s disappointed Pogba won’t be involved at Goodison and hopes this isn’t his final season in England. ‘I think if he does move to pastures new then it would be a real loss, a genuine loss to the English game,’ said Sidibe.

‘Paul is the sort of guy you want to see him, he’s a real engaging person. People love to see him and love to hear what he’s got to say. Of course, mostly they love to see him performing at the highest possible level and at the top of his game.

‘As players, we always want to play against the best that other teams have got to offer. We like playing against him and obviously fans like to watch him too.’




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