FC Nantes have handed over the warming blue! Back in training after a nightmarish 2020/2021 season, the Canaries want to get off on the right foot. But how can we forget the previous exercise marked by a relegation to Ligue 2 narrowly avoided (victory against Toulouse in the play-offs), a succession of coaches and “FC Kita” boasted by Nantes supporters? This Thursday, the FCN kicked off the new season by organizing a press conference by Franck Kita, son of Waldemar and deputy general manager of the club on the banks of the Erdre. On this occasion, the 39-year-old businessman announced that the FCN’s budget had fallen from € 75 million to € 65 million. As for losses, the TV rights and covid-19 crisis pushed the amount up to € 40 million.
The following ? Kita began by praising Antoine Kombouaré, the coach who allowed the Canaries to win five of their last seven matches of the season, in all competitions. Kita even admitted that he regretted not having entered Kanak earlier, in particular before a certain Raymond Domenech whose Nantes adventure only lasted a few days. “If Antoine had arrived earlier … Afterwards with if we would bottle Paris. Antoine should have arrived earlier ”, he said in remarks relayed by West France. Then, the leader did not dodge the more disturbing questions on the internal problems of the FCN.
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Kita defends Bayat
Starting with relations with the Belgian agent Mogi Bayat. A representative singled out by supporters and criticized for making his law in the Nantes transfer window. “All the clubs have a preferential agent network. He is an excellent agent, very present on the market. He’s one of the biggest agents. Of the last six transfers, the four from last season and the two this year, none have Mogi Bayat as their agent. (…) You talk so much about him. (…) I think you are giving Mogi Bayat too much of an impact. The president and the coach have enough character not to be dictated by someone. “ An update that everyone will appreciate in their own way.
Another hot topic: the sale of the club. The fan revolt was heard a lot last season. The demonstrations against the current leadership have multiplied and we even had the right to “the funeral of FC Kita” (a coffin bearing the name of the owners of the club was buried on the outskirts of the Beaujoire). Uncommon scenes illustrating the total rejection of the Kita family by FCN lovers. But while a Nantes collective led by local entrepreneurs and Mickaël Landreau is busy trying to take over the club, Franck Kita once again hammered that Nantes was not for sale. “This is our 15th season, I have been asked the question of sales several times a year. Nothing ever happens. All movements, I do not watch anything. We are not a salesman. I love that. It would make me terribly sad to leave. I love this club, deeply. (…) The president adores him too. We are passionate. (…) The club is not for sale. Some clubs mandate investment banks to sell the club, this is not the case. “
Departures, Augustin sent to N2
Finally, Franck Kita mentioned the transfer window. First, succinctly, to announce a wave of departures. “There are players leaving, we had a discussion with them. You might as well have a clear discussion with them. This does not mean that they are bad players, but they are choices, common agreements. It’s an internal soup. There will be arrivals and departures, but we will not dwell on numbers. “ Before then being a little more talkative on the file Kolo Muani (22 years old), a player (under contract until 2022) for whom we revealed to you the interests of Southampton, Friborg and Watford, but who also likes in France (Lille and Olympique Lyonnais).
“He’s a very good player. We don’t want to sell it, we do everything to keep it. But it’s football, the transfer window, anything is possible. We are not a salesman, we want him to stay. He has a smile. We’ve been negotiating for a long time to extend it. “ As for Jean-Kevin Augustin (24), the former PSG and RB Leipzig striker has still not regained his level. Judged out of form by Gourcuff, Domenech and Kombouaré, the scorer under contract until 2022 will remain with the reserve. “He will resume in N2, to recover well. He’ll come back when he’s ready. He took care of this recovery. I have no doubt that he will return to the field quickly. “ Case to follow.