At an appearance at the press conference after PSG vs. Lille this evening 101 Lille manager Jocelyn Gourvennec on the future of transfer-linked midfielder Renato Sanches.
Xeka makes the difference
Two of the biggest clubs in French football recently faced each other.
After gaining the upper hand in Ligue 1 and in the Coupe de France, Lille and Paris Saint-German faced each other in the Trophee des Champions in Tel Aviv.
The latter, who have of course enjoyed a notable summer window so far, were without the services of a number of lead actors that evening, including both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
And Lille, in turn, took full advantage of the advantages.
A tense affair at Bloomfield Stadium finally decided the right foot of Xeka, who immediately drove the only goal of the game home from the edge of the box:
This is a missile! 🚀
Xeka unleashes a thunderous blow that Keylor Navas cannot save 🤩
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Sanches at the latest?
As described above, after the full-time whistle in the Israeli capital, it was not just the clash itself that was the focus of post-game media exchanges.
Initially, Mauricio Pochettino was drawn onto PSG’s ties to Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. Read what he had to say here.
Then our own 101 The reporter spoke to Lille boss Jocelyn Gourvennec about the future of Renato Sanches.
Portuguese midfielder Sanches was not called up by Les Dogues that evening after taking a long break due to his performances at the European Championships.
However, speculation about the former Bayern Munich resident is still buzzing across Europe, with players like Arsenal and Liverpool obviously interested in his signature.
After congratulating Gourvennec for the first time on his first silver cutlery since taking his place in the Lille shelter, 101 queried:
“I wanted to ask about Renato Sanches. He is associated with many teams. Are you confident that he will open the season with Lille? ‘
However, Gourvennec’s reaction proved to be an overall disappointment for fans across the Premier League landscape as the Frenchman assured that, as far as he knows, Sanches will return to training in Lille this week:
‘I think so [he will stay with Lille]. He is very professional. Renato was a little sad not coming because it was a little difficult (according to Euro 2020). But he will be with us this week. He will probably be back in training on Wednesday. ‘
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