Tuesday , 29 November 2022
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Then — without ambition: the championship squad of Lille is disintegrating

Last season, Lille, perhaps, surprised the whole of football Europe by becoming the champion of France. The Dogs beat PSG by 1 point, moving Parisians to the 2nd final place in League 1. However, even before Lille became champion, it was clear that this success would not be repeated in the new season. The then coach of the “dogs”, Christophe Galtier, announced in advance that he would leave the club. After the coach, essential players for the team began to leave.

Despite winning the title and reaching the Champions League, the club still has serious financial problems. As a result, the “Dogs” are still forced to sell players, but this does not change the essence of the matter. By the beginning of next season, Lille will likely have no players left who led the whole city together with Galtier to the title. Therefore, it is not worth talking about the prospects of the current champions.

Who has already left Lille?

Mike Menyan

Menyan was one of the leading creators of the success of Lille last season. A reliable goalkeeper is an essential link for a team fighting for the championship. In the previous campaign, Mike played 21 “dry” matches out of 38 in Ligue 1, becoming the tournament’s best goalkeeper by this indicator. The Frenchman conceded an average of 0.61 goals per game, which was the best performance in his career.


The Dogs finished the last season of Ligue 1 with a difference of +41 in goals scored and conceded. This is the best result in the club’s history, since 1995, to which Menyan also put both hands. Unfortunately, however, Lille could not retain one of their best players. The Frenchman was sold to Milan for 14.3 million euros in the summer. Surprisingly, the “dogs” could not bargain more for the best goalkeeper of the season.

Luis Araujo

Araujo has played for Lille since 2017. All this time, Luis was a rotation player at the French club, but he regularly brought benefits. Last season, the footballer scored four goals and gave two assists in Ligue 1. Not the worst indicator for a rotation player.

Maybe the Brazilian winger was not a fundamental performer for the “dogs”, but now he would be helpful to the team. However, Araujo moved to Atlanta United for 11 million euros, which helped reach the MLS playoffs. It will be interesting to watch this team in the new season, just as it was interesting to watch Lille recently.

Jonathan Ikone

Ikone was not very productive in the championship season, but he helped the team become stronger even before that. The footballer enjoyed the trust of Galtier, at whose request he moved to Lille from Montpellier. The French winger would be helpful even now for a team going through difficult times.


But in January, the Dogs gave the player to Fiorentina, receiving 14 million euros for him. Ikone is still getting used to the new championship, although he has already managed to assist. In Lille, Isaac Lihaji plays in his position. The guy is quite promising, but the new coach does not trust him yet.

Yusuf Yazidji

The transfer of Yazidzhi is the most “fresh” for Lille. Just a few days ago, the player moved to CSKA on loan. The Russian club received the right to buy out the player. The decision of the French to release the Turk looks a little strange. Last season, the midfielder scored 11 points on the goal + pass system in Ligue 1, despite spending only 34 minutes on the field per match on average. In the current campaign, the player was not practical but would not be superfluous in the squad.

From the side of Yazidzhi, the transition to CSKA also looks strange. Probably, the champion of France could move to a stronger championship. But, on the other hand, no one guarantees that the Turk will remain in the RPL for a long time. At the end of the season, he will decide on his future.

Who else will leave Lille?

Sven Botman

However, Botman is spending only his second season at Lille, which may be his last at this club. Therefore, the departure of the Dutchman will be a significant loss for the team. Last season Sven was the central defender of Lille and made a substantial contribution to the championship. In the current campaign, he also opened the account of practical actions in the French club.

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The footballer scored two goals and gave one assist in 14 League 1 matches, which is not bad for a centre back. The “dogs” do not want to part with the player and scare off Milan with its high cost. But soon other clubs will come for the Botman. Lille will have little chance of retaining a defender, given the team’s dim prospects.

Jonathan David

David’s situation is almost the same as Botman’s. The Canadian is spending only his second season with Lille, but he is highly likely to leave the club in the summer. The player’s agent has already made a statement on this topic. The departure of a young striker will seriously affect the team’s performance. In the last campaign, the striker scored 13 goals, which significantly helped the “dogs” fight for the championship.

He has already scored 12 goals this season. David is the top scorer of Ligue 1, along with Wissam Ben-Yedder. Real Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona and Liverpool are interested in the footballer. However, Lille has no chance to keep the player in their squad.

Renato Sanches

After an unsuccessful period at Bayern, Sanches moved to Lille, which became a good place for him. The Portuguese received decent playing time from Galtier, and now he regularly enters the field in the starting lineup. It is noteworthy that the midfielder has already scored 4 points on the goal + pass system – the same as he scored in the previous two seasons with Lille.


Rumours about the possible departure of Sanshesh began to appear last summer. By now, they have seriously intensified. Liverpool, Arsenal and Milan are interested in the footballer. “Rossoneri”, according to media reports, is already negotiating with the “dogs” on the player. Sanchez became the champion of France, but the current promotion is still ahead of him.

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