‘I’m leaving, goodbye’: Lyon manager Laurent Blanc storms out of his press conference after questions over the club’s January transfer business ahead of their Ligue 1 clash with Troyes
- Lyon boss Laurent Blanc stormed out of his press conference over transfer talks
- The former France boss gave an indication that he would leave if it continued
- Blanc did leave when the topic was finally changed to their upcoming fixture
Lyon manager Laurent Blanc stormed out of a press conference after questions regarding the club’s January transfer business.
The former France boss initially looked to sweep aside any transfer related questions in his Troyes pre-match press conference.
But it didn’t quite work and in the end Blanc smiled back at the questions and gave an indication to the media that he would leave, if they did not change the topic.
The former Bordeaux and PSG manager did exactly that 10 minutes later when a question about the upcoming match finally came up.
His actions lamented that it had taken too long for the subject to come up and he was not pleased.
Lyon manager Laurent Blanc stormed out of a press conference after transfer questions
The former France manager initially looked to sweep aside any transfer related questions
‘Is it good? I see you and you have no more questions to ask. I’m leaving. Goodbye,’ Blanc said when getting up.
‘No, but it’s you who decides to talking about Troyes after ten minutes… So thank you and goodbye.’
That followed his initial comments stating: ‘The transfer window is over and we have the squad that will end the season.
‘We will work and the players will not change. We already had a transfer window press conference so don’t keep talking to me about the transfer window now. Let’s talk about something else.’
The Ligue 1 outfit captured the signatures of Dejan Lovren, Jeffinho and Amin Sarr during the transfer window, although they did see six players depart.
One of those departures was full-back Malo Gusto joining Premier League side Chelsea for £26.3million.
Blanc said ‘thank you, goodbye’ to the media before walking out of the press conference
Lyon full-back Malo Gusto joined Chelsea for £26.3million, but will remain in France on loan
However, the France under-21 international will stay on loan with Lyon for the remainder of the 2022-2023 season.
They also let Karl Toko Ekambi and Romain Faivre go out loan to league rivals Rennes and LOrient respectively among others heading out.
This is not the first time Blanc has threatened to leave a press conference, as he also did similar when he was PSG boss back in 2015 after being quizzed about the effect of the Paris terror attacks on his players.
He said: ‘We’re not going to talk about this during the whole press conference, because I guarantee you, if you ask me one more question about the context, I’ll leave.’
Lyon, who currently sit 10th in Ligue 1, will take on strugglers Troyes this evening as they bid to start climbing up the league table in the second half of the season.
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