Lille manager Rudi Garcia extends his stay with the club

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  • Lille manager Rudi Garcia extends his stay with the club

Lille manager Rudi Garcia extends his stay with the club

Lille manager Rudi Garcia has extended his contract with the Ligue 1 leaders just like many players in the Lille squad. The new contract would keep Garcia at the club for another two seasons until 2014.

Rio Mavuba, Franck Beria, Mickael Landreau, Eden Hazard and Mathieu Debuchy had all recently committed themselves to the club on a long-term basis and Garcia says that he is keen to work on what he calls “the best project in France.” While talking to the media, Garcia said that his contract extension was easily negotiated during the international break and added that he has discussed the Lille project with the president of the club in detail and both believe that it is a key one for the club.

It is widely acknowledged that France international Adil Rami will be leaving the club for La Liga side Valencia. However, it is good news that most players in the squad have chosen to stay with the club which was another reason why Garcia wanted an extension to his contract. While talking to the media, Garcia said that by getting key players to sign a new contract, the club sent out a strong message to the rest of the league and added, "I've always said that our first priority should be to keep our best players. We've worked to do that and today we're delighted to be able to count on the majority of the squad for next season as well."

Although some players may move in the summer of 2012, it is clear that Rudi Garcia will still be at the club. Garcia played for Lille for 6 years during his playing days and said that it was great to know that he is now a coach of the same club where he played between 1982 and 1988.

47-year old Garcia started professional football with Lille and after retiring from football, he started trying his luck as a manager. Rewards were not easy to come as he spent trophyless 4 years with Corbeil-Essonnes. In 2001, he took charge of Saint Etienne but lasted only a year before guiding Dijon to promotion in his first season in 2002. Later on, Garcia went to Le Mans where a dispute with the club management forced him to leave the club. He then joined LOSC Lille in 2008 and in his first season at the club, took the club to a 5th place finish. However, he was released by the club but surprisingly, he was called back and since then, the Frenchman has turned around the fortunes of the club. For more than 50 years, Lille have never ruled the French Ligue 1 and this time due to Garcia, Lille are very close to achieving a dream that has been dreamt for decades. It’s a wise decision on the Lille management’s part to renew Garcia’s contract. It gives a sign that the club wants to be dominant in a long way and giving Garcia 2 more seasons shows that the club direction in heading the right way.


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