Former Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United legend David Ginola believes that Lyon’s Yoann Gourcuff is probably the best player produced by France for a generation but revealed that the dynamic midfielder is still suffering mentally after the traumas of the World Cup.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City were all linked with playmaker last summer before he opted to stay in Ligue 1 by swapping Bordeaux for rivals Lyon in a deal thought to be worth upwards of €20 million. Despite the big money spent by Claude Puel’s side, the 24-year-old is still overcoming the criticism levelled at him and his national team colleagues after the disappointing campaign in South Africa.
Speaking to Sport.co.uk in an exclusive interview, Ginola stressed that it would take time to rebuild the fragile confidence of Gourcuff but hinted that les Bleus coach Laurent Blanc was the right man for the job.
“I think someone like Yoann Gourcuff is probably the most talented player of his generation, but the things that went on in South Africa affected him a lot.
“I spoke to Laurent Blanc not long ago and he said that the guy is not himself anymore and so will need a lot of time to recover from that.
“Now he’s starting to think more positively and he’s in a different mood so I guess he’ll be the one to watch in the next few years,” concluded Ginola.
To read the full interview in which the former French international talks about the World Cup, England’s need for a national Academy, his favourite goals and his love of England, click here.
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