the very ambitious plans of Toulouse FC

the very ambitious plans of Toulouse FC
the very ambitious plans of Toulouse FC

The seasons follow one another and are not always the same. After having made a comeback in Ligue 1 and a victory in the Coupe de France, Toulouse experienced a more ordinary exercise on the national scene. 13th last year, Tef’ improved by definitively climbing to 11th place last weekend. There have been ups and downs since Carles Martinez Novell was even in the hot seat this winter, before experiencing better in the second part of the season. What will have animated the club above all is the return to the European Cup, culminating in a victory against Liverpool and an epic journey to the round of 16 of the Europa League, eliminated by Benfica.

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Obviously, it makes you want to taste it again. “We want to return to the European Cup. From the moment we want to do better than 11… We will go for that 5-6-7th place”, aims Damien Comolli this Wednesday during a review of the season. The Toulouse president, who took the opportunity to deny the rumors sending him to AC Milan, and a possible sale of TFC by RedBird, outlined the outlines of the coming weeks during this major press briefing. First project quickly resolved, the maintenance of Carles Martinez Novell and his technical staff. An agreement in principle has even been sealed reveals Comolli.

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“It took a while, but we are very satisfied. We put Carles and his staff in a not easy situation. They did well with building a game plan in a brilliant way. (…) We reached a level with Carles that we would not have reached without him.” It now remains to build a competitive team in which Mikkel Desler, Moussa Diarra and goalkeeper Thomas Himeur will not participate. Their departure has already been made official. If the revelations “non-transferable” Guillaume Restes and Christian Mawissa should stay and gain even more depth in the months to come, Toulouse risks being attacked on two elements: Logan Costa and Thijs Dallinga.

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The hero of the Coupe de France final and the home scorer (19 goals in 44 TCC matches) will benefit from an exit voucher. “If prices are right for Costa and Dallinga, they could leaveconfides the president. We let the market come to us. We do not give prices. We already have approaches worth tens of millions of euros. I’m waiting to see how the market behaves. It’s only May. We let the offers rise.” Enough to supply a transfer window roughly similar to that of a year ago to which we will have to add the money from other sales and possibly the savings from the salaries of loaned players. They are legion.

Sign the best young people from the training center and strengthen yourself abroad

“We are very advanced in certain positions. Begraoui (loaned to Pau in L2): we agree on the fact that he finds a new destination with more playing time. The same for Flemmings (loaned to Vozdovac in Serbian D1). Bangré (loaned to Troyes which goes down to National), there was an option to buy. We agree with the player that he should look for a club. Haug (loaned to Bodø/Glimt in Norwegian D1)? His club should exercise the option. Hamulic (loaned to Lokomotiv Moscow in Russian D1)? He has other loan offers. It is not clear what Lokomotiv Moscow will do. Serber (loaned to Botev Vratsa in Bulgarian D1)? He will extend the adventure in Bulgaria. He’s going to leave for good.”, lists the boss of the TFC. Oliver Zanden is on loan until December 2024 to Randers FC in the Danish D1.

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To strengthen themselves, the Pitchouns rely on two parameters, the training center, like Restes and Mawissa (and even Kevin Keben), and its recruitment controlled based on data. Young Jaydee Canvot (17 years old) and Mathis Saka (17 years old) should turn professional in the coming weeks according to their president, before examining the market, as they often do abroad. “We look at all the championships equally. Language is not taken into account in our selection criteria.” Finally, Comolli has a dream to propel Toulouse into another category, that of having a large stadium. “Stade Toulousain and we would like the Stadium to become the great stadium in the West of France. Our ambition would ideally be to have a stadium with between 55,000 and 60,000 seats.” Just that.

Pub. THE 05/22/2024 7:00 p.m.
Update 05/22/2024 7:06 p.m.

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