Nampalys Mendy Set for Ranieri Reunion at Leicester City

Nampalys Mendy Set for Ranieri Reunion at Leicester City

On Monday morning, French newspaper L’Equipe reported that Leicester City had made a €10 million offer for OGC Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy. The 23-year-old has been a commanding presence in the south of France since he joined Le Gym from Monaco in the summer of 2013. The English club are obviously in the market for a combative defensive midfielder after being linked with SM Caen’s N’Golo Kante, but it’s no surprise that new boss Claudio…

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What Jordan Amavi will bring to the Aston Villa revolution

What Jordan Amavi will bring to the Aston Villa revolution

When Aston Villa first made an approach for OGC Nice left-back Jordan Amavi, the French club were open to the move but apparently the young defender rejected the deal. However, now, it seems that Tim Sherwood and the midlands club are close to landing their next target. After recruiting Lille’s Idrissa Gueye and following the decision from Fabian Delph to continue his career at Vila Park, it has been reported that Amavi has been convinced…

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Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

The position of back-up goalkeeper is often one that sees limited opportunities but huge responsibility when their time in the spotlight comes. France it seems has been blessed with a large number of excellent goalkeepers in recent times and the friendly matches against Brazil and Denmark at the end of March gave les Bleus’ coach Didier Deschamps a chance to try out a couple of his deputies in the absence of captain Hugo Lloris. With…

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OGC Nice v FC Nantes: Preview – Week 24

OGC Nice v FC Nantes: Preview – Week 24

Claude Puel’s Nice are enjoying a rich vein of form in recent weeks, they have won 10 of the last 12 points available, taking them up to eighth with 32 points. On Sunday, their opponents also have 32 points, but they are on the way down. Les Canaris have failed to win any of their last four games, and they now have the second worst goal scoring record in the league. For a team out…

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Hatem Ben Arfa: I’m ready to go to the North Pole to play

Hatem Ben Arfa: I’m ready to go to the North Pole to play

After the Court of Arbitration for Sport refused to overturn the ruling of FIFA and the LFP that Hatem Ben Arfa cannot represent Nice this season, the former Lyon, Marseille, Newcastle and Hull midfielder has decided to leave Nice. At a press conference held at the Riviera club this morning, Ben Arfa spoke about his feelings and his plans for the future: Have you made any decisions about the next step in your career? It’s…

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Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marcelo Bielsa’s side return to the Stade Velodrome this weekend and try to forget about their terrible away record. Evian have conceded 25 goals away from home, have only won twice and have no draws to show for their troubles. Evian have a history of turning up and putting in performances when you least expect it – just ask PSG – but it would be a shock if OM didn’t come away with a victory…

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Preview: OGC Nice v Olympique de Marseille

Preview: OGC Nice v Olympique de Marseille

Marseille will travel the 200km of beach coastline on Friday night as they take on OGC Nice at the Allianz Riviera in Derby du Sud. OM Coach Marcelo Bielsa is without some key defenders as they look to keep pace with Olympique Lyonnais at the top of Ligue 1. Nice will be no walkovers, with Les Aiglons coming back from one-goal down in their last two games to pick up all six points. Claude Puel’s side…

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Chance for Ben Arfa as Newcastle United Game Deemed Unofficial

Chance for Ben Arfa as Newcastle United Game Deemed Unofficial

After a failed loan period with Hull City, the former Lyon and Marseille multiple Ligue 1 winner and international, Hatem Ben Arfa, famously discovered by Alan Shearer once he joined Newcastle United, was all set to sign for Nice this January, having had his Newcastle contract terminated. However, FIFA’s consultative opinion was that, on the basis that Hatem had also played for Newcastle’s Under-21s this season, there may be a breach of the rule against…

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