Monday 26th August:
Michel Seydoux, the president of Ligue 1 club Lille, has threatened to banish want away striker Florient Thauvin into the reserve side. This threat is very similar to the situation of Bafetimbi Gomis and Lyon, and, like Gomis, could mean that Thauvin would not even be considered for the national team come the 2014 World Cup. This threat follows a €10 million offer from Marseille for the Frenchman, which was rejected by Lille. Thauvin has made it clear that he wants to leave the club.
If he is banished to the reserves for the whole season, it would be a great shame, not only for Lille and Thauvin, but for French football in general. We should never reach a position when a team’s star player is not allowed to play because he is in a sulk over a possible transfer, and the fact that this is now becoming a regular occurrence in French football is a real problem.