Philippe Clement (Monaco coach): “Fofana and Disasi? They are ready to resume”

“How was the preparation?
She was good, very interesting. We made the choice to play many matches, to have very different experiences by rubbing shoulders with the Spanish, Italian, English style… I am very happy that the club has found good challenges for the players. We have also integrated young players to adapt them to the pro group. It went well with the injuries. Only Kevin Volland was hit in the ribs. It is not certain that he can be with us in Auxerre. See you tomorrow (Tuesday).

Your vice world champions Axel Disasi and Youssouf Fofana returned to training on Monday…
They have experienced something extraordinary… They are like all players: they want more holidays. But they understand that it is not possible at the moment. They had a good training this (Monday) morning, not very heavy because we had worked a lot two days earlier. We’ll see if they have minutes against Auxerre. I talked to them. In their minds, they are ready to resume. I told them that despite the disappointment, this World Cup must remain a very, very positive experience for them. Both told me they understood it was part of football. It is already important that they said it.

In mid-December, we had mentioned a possible interest from Bayern to bring back Alexander Nübel, and “The Athletic” talked about discussions between Chelsea and ASM for Benoît Badiashile. What is the situation for the two players?
They are here in training and their minds are here. They do what it takes for the team. I have been in Monaco for eleven months now and in the last six months there has been a lot of interest from many players. It is nothing new because it is a project with many young players, so there is interest in the transfer market. As a coach, we are always happy when the transfer window ends. We will see. It depends on the situations whether they are interesting for the club or not. The most important thing for me is that the players have their heads here, and they do.

Last summer you said that it was still too early for Benoît Badiashile to leave ASM, that he should still learn here. How about today?
I can’t (publicly) say all the things I’m telling him right now. We will see. »

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