3 weeks ago, Rio Mavuba was leaving Lille. The captain and defensive midfielder had informed President Michel Seydoux that he wanted a change of scenery. He stuck to this line for some time, even when the offers that he wanted weren’t coming (two Turkish sides).
No Champions League club outside Turkey came knocking. But something else was changing at Lille. René Girard, the club’s coach this season, was going to leave. Limited success this season, personally being fed up and Belgian owner Marc Coucke not enthused by the prospects that Girard was bringing, it was time for a change.
Hervé Renard, the enigmatic Frenchman who has won two AFCONs with two different national teams, steps in and Mavuba, enthused by the appointment and without any offers to his liking, has now penned a deal until 2019. The captain will now likely retire at Lille. A new project begins, the old guard is secured.