Speaking to Foot Mercato, 19 year old attacker Jean-Philippe Mateta’s agents have explained their client’s situation. Mateta has high-profile interest from Lyon and Tottenham.
Franck Belhassen had the following to say:
“On the one hand there is what Jerome Leroy (advisor to the president of Châteauroux) is saying and on the other hand what we are actually doing. Concerning Tottenham, it is quite clear that the player does not want to go abroad. He is 19, he does not want to skip steps. Few players have succeeded abroad at such a young age. He is a very reasonable boy and well looked after by his family. He knows what he wants to do. And Tottenham… as a club they probably have other fish to fry with five days left of the window.”
Another one of the player’s agents, Pascal Elbaz followed up:
“Lyon called Châteauroux then we had them on the phone. They are certainly interested in the player, they like this sort of deal, like what they have done for Cornet, Tousart and Kemen. He is a player who is very well-liked by President Aulas and Florian Maurice. There is a real interest on their part, a real desire. Now, we are discussing their project. Lyon want to do a permanent transfer, whereas other clubs want to loan him back. To sign for Lyon is interesting for every player, we are talking about a very great French club that is playing Champions League football virtually every year. For Lyon, it could be interesting to have him in their squad immediately, maybe to allow him to progress in Ligue 1 little by little before he explodes, a little but like Cornet. Now, we are talking about that, the project.”