Laurent Blanc confirmed during the press conference for the round of 16 of the Coupe de France against Chambéry (N2), this Saturday at the Groupama Stadium (15:30) that some players wanted to leave the Olympics this winter, as we announced. , Thursday , in the newspaper.
And especially Romain Faivre. “He wants to leave, it’s hard to keep someone back. We may be able to change things, it takes energy, but it takes the desire of both parties to get there. And if she is not there… I spoke to Romain to help him, he is not happy in Lyon, we have to find a solution, but it is difficult. There is a contract, a club has bet a lot on him (15 million, 18 bonuses included). It’s not that simple. I like this player I tried but you can’t focus on only one player. »
Especially since Faivre isn’t the only one. Karl Toko Ekambi, who was whistled by the supporters against Strasbourg (1-2), is in the same logic. “Toko’s difficulties, whistled? Yes, when players are not happy at a club, they cannot give the full measure of their talent, you think of finding a solution. You have to be careful with everything. »
“I’ve known disgruntled players at clubs or players at the end of their contract, but if there are too many, it can be a problem”
Many players do not seem happy in Lyon? “Yes, I agree there are players who are not happy at Lyon, but as in all clubs, White responds. Still, we are doing an extraordinary job and Lyon is a great club. But the club has the right to say: ”You have a contract, we cannot meet all requests.””
The former Blues coach (2010-2012) continues: “However, we take them into consideration. We reflect on many, many issues. I have known disgruntled players at clubs or players at the end of their contracts, but if there are too many it can become a problem. I am comfortable with that because I have been out of contract twice so I can understand everything, but I tried to perform to get the best possible solution at the end of these seasons. You need that mindset. But I have no problem with the players, what I want is to make my group stronger. Interests are only collective, individual interests must not precede these collective interests. There are players who can be loaned, transferred, but not many. It’s the classic trick in a winter transfer window. We think about it. »
Banc should find an almost complete group for the meeting against Chambéry, with the return of Houssem Aouar in particular.