Bordeaux say 'no' to Luque
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bordeaux coach Ricardo Gomez has ruled out a move for Newcastle misfit Albert Luque.
Bordeaux coach Ricardo Gomez has ruled out a move for Newcastle misfit Albert Luque, but the Ligue 1 side could still be set for an overhaul in the January transfer window.
Luque's future at Newcastle appears uncertain and the Spaniard has recently been linked with any number of clubs on the continent.
Gomez insists Stade Chaban Delmas is an unlikely destination for the former Deportivo La Coruna star after admitting his desire to bring in a player with plenty of first team matches already under his belt.
"Luque? No, I need a striker who has played since the beginning of the season," Gomez told Sud-Ouest.
A striker remains a priority for Gomez, however, regardless of whether Rio Mavuba remains with the club.
"Mavuba is back with his competitive spirit, he was slipping a few weeks ago. He sometimes needs an electroshock even if he is not happy. But I repeat it, I am not here to please people.
"A striker will join Les Girondins during the transfer window even if Mavuba stays. There won't be any relations between those two decisions.
"If he or another player should leave the club, he would be immediately replaced in order not to break the balance of the group."
Gomez also revealed the futures of Henrique, Juan Pablo Francia and Edixon Perea are still to be determined.
"Henrique received an offer from a top European club last summer, but he has stayed," Gomez added.
"Francia has had interesting contacts before refusing to leave. He and Perea don't play much, it is my decision. The door is open if they want to leave."