Torino defender Nicolas Nkoulou asked not to be played in the match between the Turin side and Sassuolo last night, amid reports linking him to fellow Serie A side Roma.
Speaking on the issue, Torino head coach Walter Mazzarri said the following: "N'Koulou? After playing in the Europa League I showed them defensive mistakes, he didn't even want to see the images and he replied that he wasn't there with his head and it was useless to summon him. I tried to call him back, even for the respect of his teammates. I can't force a player to play. Who replaced him made a great match. The president did everything to keep everyone, after the crazy second round it was right to confirm everyone. If N'Koulou wants to leave? You have to ask him."
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