Florent Ghisolfi: ‘Khéphren Thuram is still priceless.’

OGC Nice sporting director Florent Ghisolfi believes that Khéphren Thuram (22) has retained his market value, despite a frustrating season for the Frenchman. 

Thuram was one of the most sought-after players on the market last summer, with Liverpool notably interested in the midfielder. However, he ultimately remained at the Allianz Riviera for a further season. “I wanted to continue to progress at Nice, and progress as a player at this club. Honestly, it made me happy to be linked to all these clubs left, right and centre. It shows I’m doing the right things but as I said, I knew I wanted to stay here,” he said in a press conference, attended by Get French Football Newsback in November.

The move was at least in part motivated by a desire to earn a place in Didier Deschamps’ France squad ahead of the Euros, but he has now not been picked since March 2023 and his chances of featuring for Les Bleus in Germany this summer have diminished as the season has passed. 

Interested parties pleased with Thuram’s performances

With no goals or assists this season, there is also concern that Thuram’s market value has decreased at a time when a departure would be expected. However, Ghisolfi asserts that this is not the case. “The question isn’t his value, it is how do we exploit his infinite potential. At his age, with his international CV, he is still priceless. For me, he isn’t having a very average season, and that is the opinion of his (European) observers too. His season has been tarnished by his lack of stats and his injury but the content of his matches is good,” Ghisolfi told L’Équipe

In an interview with Nice-Matinhe added, “He remains one of the No.8s that creates the most chances in Europe’s top five divisions. He is the first one to expect more of himself in terms of efficiency. He has an extraordinary potential and a really great personality. I am certain that he will be decisive again and I hope that he’ll finish this season with a bang.”

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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