Speaking to France Football, Arsenal captain and French defender Laurent Koscielny’s agent Stéphane Courbis revealed that his client considered a return to France recently.
“When he banged the floor with his hand, I immediately knew that it was serious, that it was over. Everything at that moment went through my mind, including the worst, which was validated when it emerged that it was an Achilles rupture and that he would miss the World Cup. Laurent was perhaps playing the final matches of his Arsenal career.
He started thinking about a possible departure from Arsenal at the same time as Arsène Wenger. It was the right moment, the final moment to leave with the arrival of the new manager. I had already anticipated this, with two or three offers that were starting to make us think.
We were open to different options, China as much as France. He could not see himself playing for another English team other than Arsenal. Since the approach from Marseille least season, the notion of returning to Ligue 1 entered his thinking. It was a genuine possibility.”
The magazine reports that Lyon, Monaco and Marseille all made concrete proposals for the Frenchman.