Saints stand firm over rebels
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
St Etienne coach Laurent Roussey will not sell Bafetimbi Gomis or Zoumana Camara.St Etienne coach Laurent Roussey is refusing to bow to pressure from Bafetimbi Gomis and Zoumana Camara and has underlined that the duo are not for sale.
Promising striker Gomis has attracted interest from Lens, whilst Paris Saint Germain have had one bid rejected for defender Camara, and both players have now gone on strike in an attempt to convince St Etienne into a sale.
Roussey is not ready to bend though, and has told the wantaway players that whilst they remain under contract at Le Chaudron, they must respect his wishes.
"My position is still the same, Bafe and Papus [Camara] have told me they wanted to leave for their own reasons," Roussey told But.
"I listened to them. By refusing to train they have started a fight they think they can win.
"But they have forgotten that they are under long contracts and that they are totally part of the project that I plan to start.
"If they continue to go on strike, they will suffer financial sanctions. But we won't break their contracts, that would suit them too much.
"A pay rise could be a solution for them, but the first thing is to train again. I hope that the directors will follow me."
One more encouraging piece of news for St Etienne is that the club have agreed a deal for Cruzeiro midfielder Marcinho.
The 26-year-old has an impressive reputation in Brazil and will sign a four-year deal in France after being spotted by chief scout Omar da Fonseca.