While he seemed close to a departure, the attacking midfielder should finally stay, and perhaps even extend with the Canaries.
Ludovic Blas pushed this week to leave for Lille but his captain Alban Lafont assured Friday evening on social networks that he remained in Nantes. « Se queda (he stays), and I’m not talking about the ball“Tweeted the Nantes goalkeeper with a photo showing him plunging into the feet of the 24-year-old attacking midfielder, a great architect of the Coupe de France victory last season.
According to the daily Ouest-France, the player has agreed to stay and is expecting an extension proposal very soon. After announcing Thursday to his coach Antoine Kombouaré that he did not want to play Sunday against Toulouse (1:00 p.m.), he could finally be part of the group. Late Friday morning, Kombouaré had declared to the press « take noteof Blas’ refusal to play, while making it clear that this did not indicate he was leaving or staying.
Kombouaré’s firm veto
While a transfer of the attacking midfielder from Nantes to Lille seemed almost done in early August, President Waldemar Kita backtracked in mid-August, offering to align himself with the salary offers of the Mastiffs. Failing to see the promised reinforcements arrive, Kombouaré for his part had refused any departure last week. « For me, Blas is a veto. Veto“, he had hammered. Arrived from Guingamp in 2019, Ludovic Blas has often set the tempo in Nantes thanks to his technique and his dazzling speed. But despite Nantes’ qualification for the Europa League, he felt he had more chances of tasting Europe in the long term under better conditions in Lille.
An extension of Blas, currently under contract until 2024, could appease Kombouaré, who denounced Friday, like most coaches who have marched in Nantes since Kita’s arrival in 2007, a « very poorly managed situation. They are still working here (at the last moment). It’s never easy, don’t be wrong“, he explained. « My files do not pass, and I block their files. I expect reinforcements, but real reinforcements. All coaches experience this, but here in Nantes it’s a bit more of a challenge. I knew it, but it’s complicated“, recognized Kombouaré, who still claims 4 players.