After the first training session of the season, Claude Puel spoke to the gathered members of the Press. A conference where the main subject of questioning was one of the days absentees (the French international players returning to training on Thursday at Tignes): Karim Benzema.
[IMG43384#R]Do OL’s dealings in the transfer market depend on Benzema? « No, we’ve targeted players for specific positions, the profiles have been stored away, this doesn’t depend on any movement within the squad , retorts Claude Puel who goes on to state: we are looking for attacking players who can bring pace and break down opponents as well as being able to play in the spaces between the lines. »
[IMG43476#L]For the moment, OL haven’t recruited anybody, a situation which doesn’t at all worry the manager: « we’re not behind schedule, even if any coach would like to have his squad finalised going into pre-season training and a very important month of August. The transfer market is having trouble taking off apart from the huge transfer made by Real Madrid but things will slowly start moving and taking off over the course of the next few days. We are in discussions with a number of players and their clubs. For the time being, nothing has worked out for a number of reasons. We are very demanding about the type of player who could come in to strengthen what we have in place already. »