Lille Boss Galtier Rips Into Amadou For Trying To Force Palace Move

2 Posted by - February 2, 2018 - News

Lille boss Christophe Galtier has expressed confusion at the manner in which club captain Ibrahim Amadou conducted himself when trying to force through a move to Crystal Palace on Deadline Day.

Despite huge interest in the 24-year-old from the Eagles, Galtier told the press who had gathered to speak to him yesterday that Amadou was informed that the club would not be selling any first-team players a few days before, making his decision to board a train to London and plead with them to sell him over the phone all the more baffling.

Having passed a medical and seemingly agreed to a new £53,000 a week contract, the Ligue Un star was forced to leave Palace’s Soho offices looking like a broken man after his pleas fell on death ears with the French club, who clearly were in no mood to play ball with Steve Parish from the moment Amadou arrived on this side of the channel.

Lille’s financial struggles have been well documented in recent weeks, leading to plenty of suggestions that they would eventually buckle and allow Ibrahim to fly the nest but clearly, the prospect of losing such a pivotal member of the starting XI was something that Galtier and the Lille board were not prepared to entertain midway through a season in which they are desperately batting to avoid the drop to the second tier.

Quite where Wednesday night’s incident leaves Amadou’s relationship with his teammates, the Lille coaching staff or the club’s fans is now up for debate, with his actions hardly the ones of a man you’d want by your side in the trenches. I suppose we may look to revisit a possible deal for him in the summer when Lille can source a suitable replacement in a less pressured manner but by then, you’d assume a number of other clubs would be sniffing around too.

It wasn’t quite the same as the sight of Peter Odemeingie turfing up at QPR and being refused entry to the stadium by reception with the clock running down but Ibrahim certainly did his best to add drama to the evening for the Palace faithful.

Deadline Day does strange things to people…

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7 Comments

  • Carl Bryant February 2, 2018 - 7:10 am Reply

    A better example to use by way of comparison would be the Niasse debacle.

    The has happened twice now; indicative of a failing somewhere. I hope the fact you know Parish has endorsed your blog didnt lead you to this glaring omision.

    That said, keep up the good work.

    • admin February 2, 2018 - 7:35 am Reply

      Not in the slightest, Carl. I pride myself on calling things how I see them regardless of who publicly has my backing, although I appreciate why you felt the need to raise that question.

      This tweet for example should prove that I don’t shy away from giving my view…

      https://twitter.com/hltco/status/958843808514560000

      • Carl Bryant February 2, 2018 - 12:18 pm Reply

        No thats fair enough; and I’m still firmly in the Parish camp; it’s just very odd that we bring these players into the middle of London at the eleventh hour only for it to end in embarrassment.

  • tzcar February 2, 2018 - 9:19 am Reply

    why critise hoppo.he only alway,s give,s his honest oppinion.your looking to critiste in the wrong area,s.look no further than corporate parish,and our so called director of football.they had month,sto plan,and put into practice,whom they wanted.but as usual they only succeded in creating mayhem.thank god roy,at least is rock solid.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh February 2, 2018 - 9:46 am Reply

    To me it stinks of Dougie convincing the player to make the trip and risk but Parrish not backing him with the money. Such a waste of time and piss poor communication.

  • Wiseoldowl February 2, 2018 - 10:04 am Reply

    Lille accepted our offer earlier in the day, but changed their mind. Their coach is bending the truth.

  • Malcolm McKay February 2, 2018 - 10:06 am Reply

    Ibrahim Amadou is club captain at Lille, the club said they were looking for 20m Euro so what do Palace do, offer to loan him till the end of the season with presumably an option to buy for 16m Euros if we are still in the premier league.
    What club would accept such an offer Lille supporters would have been furious and rightly so.

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