Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has confirmed that he would love to keep Addicks defender Naby Sarr at The Valley beyond the summer.
The defender is out of contract at the start of July and will be available to leave on a free transfer unless he accepts a contract offer from his current club.
The 26-year-old is one of the top earners at Charlton and was one of the most expensive outlays during Roland Duchatelet’s reign at the club.
Sarr joined the Addicks in the summer of 2017 and has gone on to play a regular role at the heart of their defence as he has made 92 appearances and scored six goals in the last two-and-a-half seasons.
Speaking to South London Press, Bowyer said: “I would love to keep him. When we play well, Naby is playing. That’s because when we pass the ball well it starts from the back.
“So many of the goals we’ve scored have come from passing out from the back and Naby is involved a lot of the time because he is very comfortable on the ball.
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“Yeah, he makes mistakes – but all defenders do. You watch the Premier League and they make mistakes. If no-one made mistakes there wouldn’t be any goals. I’d rather it not be our defenders, but that’s the game. It’s about limiting those mistakes.
“He is good for our squad and different to the other centre-halves that we have – left-footed. There are not many out there.
“I like him as a person. He is a lovely fella and great around the place.”
Sarr played a crucial role in the win at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night as he broke down the left and crossed for striker Lyle Taylor to volley home from inside the area.
The French youth international isn’t the only star rumoured to be in contract talks with goalkeeper Dillon Phillips and winger Alfie Doughty both thought to be in discussions with the Addicks about extending their contracts.
Sarr has become a regular in the Charlton defence and his performances warrant a contract extension.
He has become reliable when on the ball and proven to be comfortable when it comes to defending in one-on-one situations.
The defender would be a good place for Lee Bowyer to start as he tries to shape his squad for next season and beyond.