Christophe Galtier, the manager of 4th placed Ligue 1 side St Étienne, announced in a press conference today that Max Gradel will be allowed to leave the club this month.
The Ivorian international, who has already had offers rejected from Stoke City, Hull City and Leeds United by St Étienne for his services this season is now expected to quit the club.
Christophe Galtier had the following to say:
‘We have several positions where we have double players in, sometimes even more than that. Max-Alain Gradel also needs to play for the upcoming World Cup, so we will not oppose any departure of his.’
Galtier also confirmed that Jean-Pascal Mignot, the 32 year old defender, will be allowed to leave should an offer come St Étienne’s way.