Gérard Lopez se veut rassurant mais…

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A dark season. Despite the takeover of the club last summer by Gérard Lopez, which made it possible to avoid compulsory liquidation, the Girondins de Bordeaux finished in last place in Ligue 1. Relegated to Ligue 2, the navy and white team was then downgraded to National 1 (3rd division) by the policeman of French football, the DNCG. Appealing this decision, Bordeaux retains a chance to avoid this sanction and will quickly have to present solid financial guarantees. While the mayor of the city Pierre Hurmic is not worried, the president of the Girondins, Gérard Lopez, has also adopted a positive posture.

Guest on the show Rothen ignites on RMC, the owner of the last red lantern in Ligue 1 believes he can reverse the trend in the coming days. Moreover, he did not seem surprised by the situation: “We anticipated on several levels. The first is that we knew the deficit and we knew how to make up for it. I had promised to stay at the club even if we went to Ligue 2 and that’s what I’m doing. To put it vulgarly, I put my hand back in my pocket. That is a sum of 10 million euros which will make it possible to fill part of the deficit.

22 million euros to be found…

However, even if the guarantees that will be presented to the DNCG could reverse the situation, Bordeaux will have to sell, and for a good sum of money. Gérard Lopez has also indicated the amount that the Girondins will have to get: “There are still 22 million to be found. In fact, it always happens like that with the DNCG. All the clubs sell and what is needed is to give a guarantee on the sales. Before even making sales, you have to give a guarantee. And that’s where the biggest difference was.” Players like Hwang Ui-jo, Sékou Mara, Alberth Elis or even Jean Onana represent the main assets of the club in the scapular.

If Gérard Lopez’s position is rather optimistic, he is nonetheless aware that the future of Bordeaux hangs by a thread and that the club can simply file for bankruptcy: “Of course there is a risk of filing for bankruptcy. We are not going to say that there is no risk. As long as there is no agreement, there is clearly that risk. Absolutely.” Believing that he had made a big reduction in club spending last year and having already planned a project for Ligue 2, Gérard Lopez also spoke about a possible rise. However, this is very secondary as the future of the Girondins de Bordeaux looks uncertain…

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