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Mainz boss confirms Niakhaté is expected to leave amid Nottingham Forest interest

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Christian Heidel says Mainz no longer expect to hold on to club captain Moussa Niakhaté, who has recently been linked with Nottingham Forest.
Christian Heidel.
Christian Heidel.Photo: Sandro Halank, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0
Mainz sporting director Christian Heidel has admitted that Moussa Niakhaté is expected to leave club this summer.

"We're expecting Moussa to leave," Heidel stated in an interview with Bild.

According to a recent report from The Athletic, Nottingham Forest have opened talks to sign the Mainz captain, who has also been linked with the likes of West Ham, Everton and Newcastle.

"It's quiet on our side, but I don't assume that it's as quiet with Moussa's agent," said Heidel.

Mainz are reportedly hoping to get around €12 million for the centre-back, whose contract expires in 2023.

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