It’s back to school time for the players of the Girondins de Bordeaux. A return to a small committee since only about fifteen of them were summoned this Thursday and Friday for two days of medical tests before the first collective session scheduled for next Monday.
We will find some known faces but also many young people. Two recruits are also expected: Polish goalkeeper Rafal Straczek and French defender Yoann Barbet. The little surprise is the absence of some players from last season’s first team. Players still under contract but pushed out like Oudin, Niang, Baysse, Kwateng or even Zerkane. They will not resume training until July 4 at the same time as the internationals. just to make them understand that they have to find a way out quickly.
Another little surprise, Jimmy Briand will not be there this Thursday either. The Bordeaux striker announced his departure from the club via social networks. We did not really expect it even if he was at the end of the contract. The management had initially considered offering him a last year of contract to supervise a rejuvenated team in Ligue 2. Jimmy Briand therefore left the Girondins with bitterness. In four seasons, he will have scored 22 goals and provided 8 assists in 118 games. At 36, he wants to play one last season at the top level and hopes to offer himself one last challenge. Finally, a few days before the first collective training, we still do not know the identity of David Guion’s assistant. One thing, it will no longer be Jaroslav Plasil. The former midfielder is not retained by the club.