Lecce defender Patrick Dorgu has addressed interest from the likes of Liverpool. The defender certainly has his admirers.
Patrick Dorgu is impressing at Lecce, having moved there from Nordsjaelland as a youth player in 2022. It's enough that 'bigger' clubs are now looking at the player and Calciomercato claim Liverpool are amongst them.
The Danish left-back is still only 19 and while there's a long way to go before he's considered a star, teams are wondering if he's worth moving for. That kind of interest is a lot for any player, of course, especially when it's from the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona.
Danish outlet Tipsbladet asked Dorgu how he's handling it - and what he thinks it means for his future.
"I don't really think about interest from other clubs," said Dorgu. "I am in Lecce and I have to focus on the season and on myself.
"It's great to hear that people look at me and talk about me, but I don't have to think too much about it, because I play in Lecce. It is of course a good motivation for me that there are teams looking at me. It makes me work harder so I can reach the highest possible level.
"I will continue the hard work, and then we will have to see what happens in the future."
A reasonably standard response, then, but the one you want to hear from a teenager, regardless. Dorgu has a good head about the interest in him and recognises that above all, it's motivation to keep improving.
As for Liverpool, it's not yet clear how much they need a new left-back. Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas have a good few years left in them (the latter is still only 27) and so it's difficult to see room fro Dorgu.
But if he's available in a few years, maybe when Robertson is winding down, perhaps he's a serious option for the Reds.