Which club for Stéphane Ruffier, laid off by Saint-Étienne? – Foot – Transfers

Bordeaux, to find Gasset

The likely departure of Paulo Sousa makes Benoît Costil think, who has kept the Bordeaux goal for three seasons now. At 33, the Girondins captain would be ready to lower his salary against a long-term contract (4 years) that Montpellier hesitates to offer him. However, the prospect of seeing Jean-Louis Gasset take the reins of Bordeaux – he would already be working on the composition of his staff – gives thickness to the Ruffier track, which has a profile similar to that of Costil and knows Gasset for the ” rubbed shoulders for two years in Forez (2017-2019).

Montpellier, not a priority

Ruffier is not a priority for Montpellier, which turned to Switzerland (Omlin, Van Ballmoos, Frick) to find a replacement for Geronimo Rulli. The French goalkeeper interests certain members of the staff, but his degree of motivation and his significant emoluments (2.8 M € gross annually currently) give rise to reservations. “For now, it still belongs to Saint-Etienne, eluded MHSC coach Michel Der Zakarian at the microphone of RMC, Wednesday evening. He’s a very good goalkeeper, of course. But he is in conflict with his club, we will advise later. We continue to work to bring back a good goalkeeper. “

Galatasaray, to replace Muslera

This is a track mentioned by journalist Manu Lonjon: Galatasaray, 5th in Süper Lig two days from the end of the season, would have targeted Ruffier to compensate for the long unavailability of his Uruguayan goalkeeper and captain Fernando Muslera, victim of a double tibia-fibula fracture last month. But according to AS, the Turkish club would also be interested in Beto (Göztepe, Turkey), Sergio Rico (on loan from Seville FC to PSG) and Martin Campana (Independiente, Argentina).

Everton, to discover the Premier League

Officially, Everton is not looking for a goalkeeper. But Carlo Ancelotti recently had a discussion with his incumbent, Jordan Pickford, far from his level since taking over the Premier League. Assuming that Ruffier, whose name had been associated with the Toffees in 2017, is still the subject of interest, could the French goalkeeper be motivated by a challenge in England, in a club which will not play the Coupe d Europe next season?

If we trust the interview he had given to Yahoo Sports early last year, not sure. “I had a lot of offers to sign in the soft stomach of the English Championship, but what interest? I’m in the top 5 French, in my country, I’m not interested in going to play the middle of the table elsewhere even if it’s even better paid, insisted Ruffier. I am a competitor, ambitious, so my main criterion is sport. […] To leave, I needed something higher sportingly. “

AS Rome, after the missed meeting

Ruffier stayed close to Flavio Roma, whom he worked with in Monaco. He never hid his attraction to Serie A and had even almost signed for AS Rome at the time when Rudi Garcia occupied the position of coach (2013-2016) of the capital’s club. Years have passed, but the Giallorossi, on the verge of qualifying for the Europa League, should soon be looking for a new goalkeeper: The messenger, the Spanish international Pau Lopez (25 years old, 2 caps), who arrived last year, was not satisfactory and could be transferred this summer.

Ambitious and rather stable, AS Rome would have many arguments to put forward with Ruffier. Assuming once again that the goalkeeper is interested in a departure, he who keeps saying in private that he will honor his lucrative Stéphane contract until the last penny …


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