FOCUS – Courted by Losc, the 24-year-old Nantes attacking midfielder will be on the pitch to face… Lille this Friday (9pm) at the start of the second day of Ligue 1. With the boss upside down?
The football gods are capricious. With a contract until 2024 in Nantes and holder of an exit voucher for this summer, like his colleagues Alban Lafont and Moses Simon, Ludovic Blas is ardently courted by Losc. This is not really the best kept secret in Ligue 1. Furthermore, Antoine Kombouaré, coach of the Canaries, did not try to drown the fish in a press conference on Thursday. “We will not hide: there are contacts with Lille“, said coach Kanak, pointing out that nothing is done.
“In the past, some players have had advanced contacts, some times they get it, some times they don’t… We don’t know.“, he let go. What we do know, however, is that FC Nantes, silent in Angers (0-0) at the start of the L1 season and defeated by PSG earlier in the Champions Trophy (4-0), will face this Friday at… Lille (20:45), during the second day. You can’t make this up…
A contract, until it is signed, is nothing. You have to be very careful with what you say. Indeed, there are contacts. After that, whether it will be successful or not, I don’t know.
The situation is obviously special for the former Guingampais, a great Canarian player. So much so that one might wonder if it was appropriate to align him with his potential future club. According to several sources, Blas is indeed very interested in the Lille challenge. And that’s despite the French 2021 champions not competing in Europe in 2022-23, unlike FCN, who qualified for the Europa League on the back of their French Cup success last season. “A contract, until it is signed, is nothing. The test: If I understood correctly, some of you announced that this weekend he was no longer with us, that he would not be in the group against Lille… We have to be very careful with what you say. Indeed, there are contacts. After that, whether it will be successful or not, I don’t know.“, Kombouaré insists, stating that the 24-year-old player will be in the group and on the Beaujoire pitch for this encounter.”He is there and there. It is the most important thing“, emphasizes the former coach of Paris-SG.
Not having fallen from the last rain, “Golden Helmet” still took the temperature with his player. The wasp doesn’t get angry…”He confirmed what he thought, which is to say that he wants to play this match and that we do not talk to him about what is happening in his contacts with Lille. He is private in the sense that he has a job to do and knows that there is a game to play and especially to win against Losc. (…) He trains every day, he is happy. He told me: “Coach, I am 100% ready to play this game.” It’s enough for me” he slips.
And to continue, realistic about the current situation: “I won’t lie to you, one wonders if it will be 100%, I don’t know. He will give the answer on the ground. He wants to play this game, play a great game, that Nantes wins. Also, I’m not 100% sure that guys like Nicolas Pallois, Andre Girotto or Pedro Chirivella will have a great game.»
Nantes in search of certainties
Recruited in 2019, Ludovic Blas has, in any case, erased his imperfections and his impatience to establish himself as one of the strong links of FC Nantes, and in general a very, very good L1 player. A player who has a vocation to see what happens above, without offending the Canaries, who are coming off a great 2021-22 campaign. Which Canaries still haven’t found the right fuel, they who lost Randal Kolo Muani (Frankfurt) this summer. “It is a team that has changed a little while maintaining an important base, a team that needs to regain confidence in what it did last season.“, analyzes Antoine Kombouaré, explaining that it would have been “much more worried if (Nantes) had come back from Angers only having defended“. Indeed, the people of Nantes had situations, without shining for their effectiveness.
One thing is certain: without Blas, it will be even more difficult for the Canaries in search of confirmation and who face this Friday.”a team with revenge on last season», said Kombouaré, who does not want the telenovela to drag on. “At some point, I’ll end up saying no. If it drags… Then, I’m not saying it has full powers. But if you ask me the question, I’ll say no. You must avoid asking me the question… A deadline? There will be one», assures the 58-year-old technician. President Kita’s patience may be more consistent with a €20 million check at stake, depending on the amounts mentioned here and there. Although, this sum is by no means outrageous for a player of this quality, who we had also seen floated against the Parisian ogre in the Tel Aviv side.
I aim to go higher. where? Good question… But higher to progress, as high as possible. I am open to any proposal, in France or abroad, but always with a view to moving forward.
“I am ambitious. I have always seen Nantes as a stage in my progression. I aim to go higher. where? Good question… But higher to progress, as high as possible. I am open to any proposal, in France or abroad, but always with a view to moving forwardBlas said a few months ago Channel+. Let’s see if Losc will be this challenge. For now, this is his next opponent.