Liverpool defender wisely dodges question on Karim Benzema.
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has wisely and firmly refused to comment on the scandal involving French international teammate Karim Benzema.
Benzema and teammate Mathieu Valbuena had a very public falling out which has overshadowed the preparation of Didier Deschamps' side ahead of their bid to win Euro 2016 as hosts this summer.
Sakho was asked by French radio station RMC for his view on the situation, but effectively shut down the question.
Website Maxifoot quotes him as saying: "These are fairly difficult questions to answer. I have my opinion but I would rather not comment on it.
"These are things that do not concern me, to speak. These subjects, even with my own friends I do not like talking about it. I do not like to speak about other people. Of course, I think something, but I'd rather keep it to myself."
Whether he has been instructed to remain silent, or is choosing to do so of his own accord, keeping silent is the right option.
The French team are trying to put all of this behind them and concentrate on football heading into Euro 2016, beginning this weekend in a friendly match away to Holland.
Sakho himself is battling for a place, with Raphael Varane and Laurent Koscielny among his competitors for a spot, and appears to have the focus required to put in a good performance if called upon.