The Paris Saint-Germain transfer window could have been more successful. This is the message clearly conveyed by Christophe Galtier, the coach of the Rouge et Bleu, this Friday at a press conference before his team’s trip to Nantes on Saturday (9 p.m.), as part of the 6th day of Ligue 1. The day after the closing of a still very eventful summer transfer market in the French capital, which will even have seen Carlos Soler and Fabian Ruiz land in the last hours of the transfer window, the 56-year-old technician insisted on the fact that the objective of mass selling has not really been achieved.
And for good reason, Paris SG has slimmed down, but the majority of the elements who left the ranks of the Ile-de-France went on loan, like Laywin Kurzawa (Fulham), Abdou Diallo (Leipzig), Leandro Paredes (Juventus) or even Georginio Wijnaldum (AS Roma). Paris taking charge in many cases of 50% of salaries, this does not reduce the payroll. What in particular to curb one of the priority files of the Parisian summer, namely the recruitment of a central defender. The reigning French champion may have tried to bring Milan Škriniar (Inter Milan) to the end, but the Slovak remained in Lombardy, much to the dismay of Christophe Galtier.
“We knew that to buy, we had to sell”
“At the starting level, there were some sales and a lot of players on loanfirst recalled the former coach of Lille or Nice in the face of the media. We knew that to buy, we had to sell. Regarding the transfer window, as we speak, it’s over, it’s also a relief for any coach, at least we know who we’re going to work with, from the moment it’s over, we know which group we have it available and we must quickly turn the page. » Relaunched on the balance sheet of PSG sales, Galtier preferred to kick in touch, explaining that this aspect did not concern him, and to emphasize the group which he now owns.
“We had, with the president (Nasser Al-Khelaïfi) and Luis (Campos), targeted what we thought desirable to modify. I had been very direct with the players concerned regarding their future within the squad. Many left, many on loan, but what is very important to me is to work with the group that we wanted to form. Afterwards, I don’t have to evaluate or judge what happened in terms of sales. » And Galtier to ensure. “I have a quality group, like the last two players who have just joined us. It will be necessary to see in the sequence of matches, to be careful with the overload with the fatigue of each other. A coach can’t always say he’s missing so-and-so. You have to adapt. We’ll make sure to handle it all. I have a quality group, that’s for sure. »
Galtier calms the game around internal tensions
Then obviously asked about the friction reported internally at PSG in recent weeks between Antero Henrique and Luis Campos, the 2021 French champion coach with the Mastiffs was very firm after an almost nervous laugh and a well-chosen time for reflection. “Since I have been here I have been in constant contact with the president and Luis Campos. We made all the plans together.. Still, Christophe Galtier probably regrets not having one more central defender under his belt. We will have to do without until next January, at least. In the meantime, Danilo Pereira will troubleshoot and “to render enormous services”while PSG, with the start of the Champions League, has already started to play games every three days.
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