Dernis eyes St Etienne glory
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
St Etienne's Geoffrey Dernis has set his sights on Champions League football at the club.
St Etienne's new midfielder Geoffrey Dernis has his sights set on the UEFA Champions League for the coming season.
The French left-footer nearly moved to Stade Geoffrey-Guichard last year, but stayed at Lille competing as a fringe player on the European stage and in Ligue 1 for the club.
Les Verts boss Ivan Hasek lured the midfielder though with the promise of regular football, and Dernis is determined to repay the boss's faith in him.
"It is impossible to refuse an offer from this club. I know what St Etienne represent. They have the best fans in the country," he told l'Est-Republicain.
"I am not saying that to please them, I really feel it. They have everything to be a great club, like they used to be.
"When they told me they were interested, I did everything to join them. I needed a new challenge. I hope I will bring the experience I have earned in the Champions League.
"I know there will be competition, but I'm not scared. We could qualify for Europe this season!"
It is hoped Dernis's arrival will mark the return of the 1960s and 70s golden era at St Etienne, and bring an end to a barren spell for the club since winning their tenth, and last, top flight title in 1981.