LIGUE 2 – Gérard Lopez a “remis la main à la poche”, mais il manque toujours 22M€ pour éviter la relégation en National

The problem in Bordeaux is far from just sporting. Sportingly relegated to L2 then administratively to National by the DNCG, the club would be looking for a hell of a fortune to satisfy the financial policeman of French football. In an interview with RMC, Gérard Lopez, the president of the Girondins, admitted having already “hand in pocket” – up to 10 million euros of equity – to cover part of the deficit of 40 million euros. According to the latter, even once the coffers have been bailed out by him, the necessary sum would be 22 million euros. .

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We have written offers that exceed 22 million euros. They concern players who were in selections. We are sure to do them, we have given guarantees to the DNCG“, he said during the first appearance before the regulatory body, on June 14. A new hearing is scheduled for early July.

Still looking for an agreement with its creditors, the King Street and Fortress funds, which hold the club’s debt and want to recover the profit-sharing on the sale of Aurélien Tchouaméni to Real Madrid (pending that of Jules Koundé, defender Sevilla sought by Chelsea and Barcelona), the Spanish-Luxembourgish businessman recalled the risk of filing for bankruptcy.

Of course there is a risk. As long as there is no agreement with the lenders, there is clearly this risk“, he claimed. Asked about the sportsman, Lopez spoke “of a nightmarish last season because nightmarish things happened. (…) I should have been there more often even if I’m not meant to be in the locker room“, admitted the manager. He is convinced that staying in Ligue 2 and a rise next season in L1 would be “the only option to save the Girondins“.

“A lot of work has been done (during this off-season), with many players analyzed and chosen, including with the coach. The idea is to build a squad with players cut out for Ligue 2, with character.” concluded the Hispano-Luxembourger.

(With AFP)

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