Transfers: « Laurent Koscielny will leave Bordeaux in January » according to Gerard Lopez

Laurent Koscielny lives his last moments as a Girondins player. In an interview with South WestGérard Lopez said on Wednesday that his central defender and captain « will not finish(it) not the season with us and let it leavea (it) the club in january« Tuesday, the club with the scapular announced its exclusion from the professional group, without specifying when it would take effect.

Unlike defender Paul Baysse and midfielder Mehdi Zerkane, sidelined and sent to reserve, the former Gunner continues to train with his teammates and applies for the match in Rennes on Sunday. This Wednesday, Gerard Lopez provided details about the future of his international defender (51 caps), flagship recruit of the former American owner GACP in 2019 with the biggest salary of the club and the possibility of extending his Bordeaux lease until ‘in 2024.

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« It is a decision taken for reasons of strategic orientationexplains Lopez. It is not for economic reasons since he has a contract, it will not earn us anything. It was discussed with him and his entourage. It will be done in good understanding, with respect for the player and his contract.  »

« We do not attack the player or the personcontinues the Spanish-Luxembourgish businessman. But it is known that Laurent will not finish the season with us and that he will leave the club in January. I think he can still play soccer so if we can help him play again he will leave as a player. He has this right to retrain as well. There is a range of possibilities, they are all on the table. « 

Bordeaux, although 17th in L1 with the worst defense (44 goals conceded), still maintains confidence in its coach Vladimir Petkovic. « Starting to talk about an ultimatum for a coach is like waiting a few weeks to fire him. This is not at all the case here« said Lopez.

Finally, in the transfer window, winger Samuel Kalu and striker Josh Maja are among the players the Girondins want to see go. In the direction of arrivals, the target leader « two to three players in central defense and midfield« .

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