The huge failure of Ligue 1 clubs


Despite the advice of Willy Sagnol, no French club has seen fit to bet on Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, the new nugget of Naples.

Thanks to him, Naples undoubtedly achieved one of the best moves of the summer transfer window. Recruited for « only » 10 million euros, Khvisha Kvaratskhelia has been panicking Serie A defenses since the start of the season, and the Georgian winger has earned the flattering nickname of « Kvaradona », in reference to the absolute idol of the Neapolitans, Diego Maradona.

Napoli went to find this player in Dinamo Batumi, because Kvaratskhelia had returned to play in his country after leaving Rubin Kazan due to the war between Russia and Ukraine. In another world, this good pickaxe could have landed in Ligue 1, because the coach of Georgia, Willy Sagnol, had slipped his name to some representatives of the French championship.

“I had spoken to French clubs about itexplains Sagnol in L’Equipe. There is only one who was really interested in him but his sporting director left in the middle of the transfer window. Other managers told me that they couldn’t take the risk of signing a Georgian or that it wasn’t ambitious enough for their supporters. One club even suggested to me that we should perhaps try to “South Americanize” it! Financially, « Kvara » was affordable for all L1 clubs. There, only PSG can afford it. »

France full of « prejudices »

Obviously, French clubs are more reluctant to recruit a Georgian than a Brazilian, for example. Bordeaux nevertheless tried the blow with the attacking midfielder Zuriko Davitashvili (21), scorer in his first match. Still in Ligue 2, Georges Mikautadze has been the delight of Metz since the start of the season. For the French clubs, Sagnol is there to play the “indicators”.

“Players consult me ​​and I advise them to go to clubs where they have a chance to playexplains the former French international. It’s a win-win for them and for our team. They must leave, often young, to grow up. I know the L1 well. I know that many can pass in our Championship. Le Havre almost signed our defender Azarovi (20 years) who eventually left for Red Star Belgrade. All these prejudices in France escape me. Other European clubs are less cautious. »

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