Brest about to fire Michel Der Zakarian
According to The teamBrest have decided to part ways with Michel Der Zakarian, who would thus be the second Ligue 1 manager to leave his post this season after Peter Bosz.
Stade Brestois, with 6 points in ten games, is currently bottom of Ligue 1, one length behind Nantes.
The 59-year-old coach arrived in Brittany in June 2021, after four years on the Montpellier bench.
De Rossi will become SPAL coach
A first experience as head coach of Daniele de Rossi. The former AS Roma midfielder (39) will take the reins of SPAL, currently 14th in Serie B, which has just thanked Roberto Venturato. The club brought forward the appointment of its new coach with an image reminiscent of a famous De Rossi tattoo.
Atlético formalizes the return of Antoine Griezmann
As announced in recent days, Antoine Griezmann is officially an Atlético de Madrid player. On loan for two seasons from FC Barcelona, the French international returns definitively to the mattresses until 2026.
More information here.
Chelsea: Barça would discuss with Jorginho
According to Tuttomercato, Joao Santos, Jorginho’s agent, has been in Barcelona in recent days to speak with the Barça leaders. The Chelsea midfielder’s contract expires next June. Free to commit to a new club from January 1, he would be of great interest to the Catalan club who have already sought to sign him. In addition, Mateu Alemany indicated that Barça will favor the hiring of players at the end of the contract and therefore free in compensation for transfers next summer. At 30 years old, the Italian European champion could be a big deal.
PSV recognizes clause in Xavi’s contract for return to PSG
Indeed, there is a clause in Xavi Simons’ contract at PSV Eindhoven that could allow the attacking midfielder to return to Paris Saint-Germain. During the presentation of the financial results of the club, the general director of PSV, Marcel Brands, did not want to expand on this subject, by not giving details about this clause.
However, it has confirmed its existence, and could facilitate a possible return of the player to the capital club, report Voetbal International and Eindhovens Dagblad. Simons thus has an option in his contract with PSV that defines the conditions under which he could return to PSG, with the understanding that PSV would gain a lot financially.
A transfer fee capped at around €10-12m would apply if Simons is bought next summer, according to Eindhovens Dagblad. Xavi Simons signed a free contract this summer until 2027 with PSV Eindhoven.
Brighton: Mwepu forced to end his career at 24
At 24, Enock Mwepu is forced to end his career due to “inherited heart disease”, announces Brighton. “The condition, which can worsen over time, would put Enock at extremely high risk for a life-threatening cardiac event if he continues to play competitive soccer,” the Seagulls said in a statement.
International for Zambia (24 games, 6 goals), Mwepu signed for Brighton in 2021 from Salzburg for 23 million euros. The defensive midfielder had played 6 Premier League games this season, for one assist.
Blanc in Lyon: the press welcomes the return of the “President”
Six years after his departure from PSG, Laurent Blanc finds a coaching job in France, at Lyon where his return to the helm of a squad in doubt is eagerly awaited. He will be presented to the press this Monday from 2:30 p.m., although the presentations have been made for a long time to the media that welcome the return of this strong character of French football.
>> The press review on the return of Laurent Blanc
QSI, the owner of PSG, buys a part of the Braga club
Qatar Sports Investments, owner of PSG, announced in a press release the acquisition of 21.67% of the share capital of the Portuguese club Braga.
“Qatar Sports Investments is proud to invest in leading sports companies and brands around the world, helping them reach their full potential. Portugal is a country built on football, with fans among the most passionate people and one of the best networks of talent at SC Braga is an exemplary Portuguese institution, with a prestigious history, great ambition and a reputation for excellence on and off the pitch,” said Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, president of QSI, in a press release.
More information here.
Thierry Henry is delighted with the return of Laurent Blanc to France
Laurent Blanc, who has just been appointed coach of OL, has received the support of Thierry Henry. The former Blues striker, crowned world champion in 1998 and European champion in 2000 with Blanc, is curious to see the first elections of the former PSG manager (2013-2016).
“I am already happy to see Lolo back in the French league,” he said on Sunday. What he did in Bordeaux, in PSG, in the France team, were always teams that tried to play ball. We remember his PSG and his Bordeaux. It’s up to him to see how he’s going to get this team to play,” said the Amazon Prime Video consultant.
“It is a team with many extremes, he points out. Will he play high wingers or back five? Will he bring Boateng back? There are many doubts. He is not going to train Ulis, he will still have players, decisions to make.”
>> Read our full article
Olivier Létang celebrates the arrival of Laurent Blanc at OL
Lille president Olivier Létang welcomed the appointment of Laurent Blanc to the Lyon bench and wished well for the manager he helped bring to PSG in 2013.
“I am happy for Laurent, we work together and he is a very good person,” stressed Létang, on Sunday after Lille’s victory over neighboring Lensois (1-0). It must have been a long time for him to wait six years before returning to training in France. He deserves it. Good luck to him with Lyon. Now it’s up to us to be efficient. We will face them in no time. It will be a pleasure to see him again, but again, that night, the objective will be to take all three points.”
>> Olivier Létang’s full statement here
Julen Lopetegui next Wolverhampton manager?
Recently sacked by Sevilla FC, Julen Lopetegui could quickly find a coaching job. According to some Wolverhampton supporters, club president Jeff Shi has traveled to Spain to meet the former La Roja manager, who is seen as the number one choice to replace Bruno Lage.
Yeremi Pino interested in Chelsea
Spanish international Yeremi Pino, a great hope for Iberian football, is closely followed by Chelsea, reports the Telegram. With a contract with Villarreal until 2027, Pino could numerically replace Mason Mount in the squad, whose contract ends in June 2023 and has not yet been extended. The Villarreal winger has a clause of 80 million euros.
Laurent Blanc presented this Monday
After formalizing the arrival of Laurent Blanc on Sunday night, OL will present their new coach this Monday at a press conference at 2:30 p.m. In particular, Jean-Michel Aulas, Vincent Ponsot and Bruno Cheyrou will be present.
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