A season in Hell. Or almost. During this 2020-21 financial year, Bordeaux experienced complicated moments between disappointing results and locker room problems, not to mention the future buyout of the club. Despite everything, the Girondins, on the edge of the red zone in the second part of the season, managed to get out of it and finished in twelfth place in the Ligue 1 Uber Eats standings. A relief for a whole club, determined not to relive the same thing next year. To avoid this, there should be movement.
Several registered departures
Regarding Jean-Louis Gasset, nothing is sealed yet. While he had implied that he would not continue, the French technician changed his mind recently. “If everything is together… I have one year of contract left. But I know things are complicated. There will be paperwork as they say. If everyone is on the same planets, why not… ” It will also depend on the future buyer. As for the players, decisions have, on the other hand, already been taken by the residents of Matmut Atlantique.
Free on June 30, Nicolas De Préville, Maxime Poundjé, Vukasin Jovanovic and Youssouf Sabaly will no longer be in Bordeaux next year according to South West. Regarding the latter, Alain Roche confided: “We wanted to keep it. We have made proposals which he considers insufficient, which I can understand. He is going to leave but I told him before we left that the door was still open, that the proposal still stood if he wanted to. We thank him in any case for everything he has done here. He is an exemplary boy who has never made a noise, who has always done the job. “
The Ben Arfa case
The Bordeaux sports director then spoke of the thorny case of Hatem Ben Arfa. In delicacy with Jean-Louis Gasset or Laurent Koscielny, the former OL has too rarely lived up to expectations. Arrived for one year plus one as an option, HBA will leave according to South West. “She (his option) was conditioned on certain criteria. They have not been reached ”, specified Alain Roche. Despite everything, the player would remain attentive to the plan to buy the club, he who is already courted by 4 French clubs as well as foreign teams.
Arrived on loan for six months (without purchase option) from Fulham, Jean Michaël Seri should not, a priori, continue the adventure. In the other direction, Josh Maja, will not stay with the Cottagers, who will not exercise his purchase option. It will also be necessary to look at the players at the end of their contract in a year like Benoît Costil, Laurent Koscielny or even Jimmy Briand. In the same situation, Davy Rouyard, Amadou Traoré and Dilane Bakwa have received a proposal for an extension and must give their answer according to SO. Finally, the option to buy Issouf Sissokho was exercised. The change is now starting in Bordeaux!