In speaking with Nice-Matin, OGC Nice striker Andy Delort discussed his relationship with now departed coach Christophe Galtier and joked Lionel Messi’s presence could stop him from following Galtier to PSG.
You joined last summer to play under Christophe Galtier. How do you feel about his departure for PSG?
“I had a good time with him, I really enjoyed myself. I’d hoped to have him as a coach for a long time. But, to coach great players at such a great club, I understand it’s an opportunity he couldn’t refuse – I’m very happy for him… We are very similar in character. My game is not to give up on anything on the pitch, I wanted to do my best for him. I learned a lot from him, it’s no coincidence that last season I finished higher than ever in Ligue 1, made Europe and scored a lot of goals.”
Did you have concerns when you realised he was leaving?
“Some, yes. After the season I’d played, it was a shame to see him go. Some had talked about agents’ influence when I arrived here [Galtier’s son is Delort’s agent] but I answered that on the pitch. I wore the captains armband, it’s proof of my exemplary nature. Before arriving, I already had a reputation but, in Nice, people look at me more differently.”
Doesn’t he want to take you to Paris with him?
“We’ll see, it depends on Messi!” [laughs]
Was there an internal crisis?
“A mini-crisis after the cup final lost against Nantes. Since returning to pre-season, it’s over. There was the departure of Galtier, we got a very good coach afterwards. We’ve been training hard ever since.”