Sport: French duo train with Monaco squad but are wanted by both Côte clubs
Nice and Monaco battle it out for Trezeguet and Giuly
OGC Nice and AS Monaco are set to battle it out to sign David Trezeguet and Ludovic Giuly. The former French internationals appeared at Monaco’s La Turbie training ground on Monday to train with the current squad. Giuly, 35 and Trezeguet, 33 are both free agents after their contracts at Paris St-Germain and Hercules finished at the end of last season.
The two players are part of the crop that saw Monaco lift the league championship twice in 1997 and 2000. Giuly went on to captain Les Monegasques in the 2004 Champions League final.
Trezeguet told reporters that he hadn’t thought about a switch to Monaco, although he admitted after the club’s recent relegation to Ligue 2 he was likely to aim his sights a little higher. When asked whether he would contemplate a move to Nice, Trezuguet replied that it is a switch that would interest him.
“He would be a great addition to our squad if he were to join,” said Nice coach Eric Roy yesterday in response to Trezeguet’s comments. “What coach would not be interested in a player of his calibre. We will have to look into the possibility of approaching him,” Roy added.
Giuly, who is thought of a potential solution to fill the right sided midfield role at the Stade du Ray has also been touted as an ideal addition to the Monaco squad. Monaco coach Laurent Banide said that Giuly’s experience and love for the principality’s team made him an ideal signing the race to win promotion back to Ligue 1. “We will see if the challenge will interest him,” Banide added.
Nice are also thought to be trailing Monaco’s striker Benjamin Moukandjo, with Banide resigned to losing the Cameroonian international to their fierce local rivals. TD