Sagnol tells how the Georgian nugget of Naples Kvaratskhelia escaped Ligue 1


Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (21), who is currently shining in Naples, was offered to Ligue 1 clubs by Willy Sagnol, the Georgia coach reveals to RMC Sport.

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (21), the Georgian revelation from Naples, could have made his mark in Ligue 1 and exploded in the French championship as he does in Italy. « I’m very disappointed, because I would have liked him to do it, » regrets Georgia coach Willy Sagnol, to RMC Sport.

For a year, the ex-international did everything to convince French clubs to attract him: « The risks were almost nil on a financial level. » When in February the conflict broke out in Ukraine, the player, who then belonged to Rubin Kazan, returned to his country.

The « certified copy » of Ribéry, according to Sagnol

Naples then jumped at the chance to complete the transfer by spending 10 million euros in this affair. In France, no club wanted to move. Only one tried. All the others, except the three or four biggest French clubs, did not take Sagnol’s recommendations seriously: « It would bother me if someone, in French football, said to me: ‘ah yeah, it’ is a great player’ Because all I heard was: ‘he’s a player who’s tired after the 70th’; ‘yeah Willy you know, he’s just a Georgian, that’s not ‘is not a Brazilian, it’s less glamorous' », says the technician.

Naples took up a bet, which very quickly proved to be a winner. Sparkling against Liverpool in the Champions League, author of four goals and an assist in the Italian league, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia confirms a promising start to the season. Nothing to surprise Willy Sagnol: « He is a player who was ready for the big games in Western Europe. » His dribbling and his percussion qualities on the left side are already the delight of the very demanding tifosis of Napoli: « Take Ribéry at the same age, and what he has managed to improve over time, you have the carbon copy », enthuses Willy Sagnol. May he have the same career.

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