Did French clubs miss out on the deal of the century this summer?

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Those who attended Napoli’s display against Liverpool (4-1) earlier in the season in the Champions League are still trying to pronounce the surname of Georgian winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (21). Willy Sagnol is still trying to understand why no French club has tried to sign him in the transfer window despite the intervention of the former Girondins de Bordeaux coach.

“I had talked to French clubs about it, breathes the Armenian coach at L’Équipe. There is only one who was really interested in him but his sports director left in the middle of the transfer window. Other coaches told me that they couldn’t take the risk of signing a Georgian or that he wasn’t ambitious enough for his supporters. One club even suggested to me that maybe we should try to “South Americanize” it! Financially, “Kvara” was within the reach of all L1 clubs. There, only PSG can afford it. »

Ultimately it was Napoli, therefore, who sniffed out Kvaratskhelia’s bargain by paying just 5 million euros to Dinamo Batumi, crowned champions of Georgia last season. “The players consult me ​​and I advise them to go to clubs where they have the chance to play,” Sagnol specifies. It’s a win-win for them and for our team. They must leave, often young, to grow up. I know the L1 well. I know that many can happen in our Championship. Le Havre was about to sign our defender Azarovi (20) who finally went to Red Star Belgrade. All these prejudices in France escape me. Other European clubs are less cautious. »

To sum up

Willy Sagnol, coach of Armenia, is still struggling to understand why the French clubs did not follow him on Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (21) in the transfer window. It was Napoli who finally won the bet.

Bastien Aubert

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