Blanc will 'make do' with PSG squad

2015-02-03 09:16
Laurent Blanc (File)

Paris - Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc explained Monday that he would have to 'make do' with his expensively-assembled squad as financial fair play rules had prevented the French champions from making winter break signings.

"Because of the financial fair play rules we needed someone to leave before someone else signed, but nobody wanted to go. It's as simple as that" Blanc told a press conference.

"We had thought something might happen but in the end we couldn't get any of our projects started."

PSG have signed several stars over recent seasons such as the iconic Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Brazilians Thiago Silva and David Luiz as well as Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani.

Players whose potential departure was mooted to raise funds included Argentine striker Ezequiel Lavezzi, while the highly-rated French 19-year-old Adrien Rabiot was linked with Arsenal.

They did however sell Clement Chantome to Bordeaux on Friday after 15 seasons at the club. The 27-year-old midfielder who came through the club's youth system had been gradually squeezed out of the reckoning in a star-studded side.

"I wish him well there," said Blanc, who was coach at Bordeaux between 2007-2010 and won the league title in 2009.

PSG are two points behind Lyon at the top of Ligue 1 and face Chelsea in the last-16 of the Champions League with the first leg set for February 17 at the Parc des Princes.

The winter transfer window closes at midnight on Monday.

Read more on:    paris st germain  |  ligue 1  |  laurent blanc  |  soccer


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

After slow starts to their respective 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaigns, who will finish the season ranked higher?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.