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Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure: Media don't rate me in France

Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure feels he's underrated in France.

Doucoure believes he's never been given fair coverage by the local media.

The former Watford midfielder said: “I remember when I appeared on [French television channel] Canal Plus. I really didn't enjoy it. It was at the time when PSG were tracking me.

"And one of the journalists was a bit pro-Idrissa Gueye at that time. It was not nasty but anyway. It was a bit like: “Abdoulaye, you are a good player but you are not good enough to play for PSG or a big club."

"That hurt me a bit because I had been for three years performing in the Premier League. I had very good statistics, better ones than even certain French internationals."

“I still feel this thing: 'He is a good player but not a top player or not for a top club'. In France, I am a bit underrated, yes, certainly. My fight will always be there, to prove people that I deserve to be in my place.

"I can still do better, I can achieve my dreams, that will be my response to all the people who might have doubted me at one moment or another."

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