Florian Thauvin arrived in Mexico overnight from Thursday to Friday. The former OM player will be officially presented this Friday by the Monterrey Tigers club, but has already received a warm welcome from Mexican supporters.
Fanfare, media hustle and bustle … French midfielder Florian Thauvin experienced a rock star arrival at Monterrey airport (northern Mexico) before joining his new Tigers team.
A white cap on his head, a yellow mask bearing the image of the Mexican club covering his face, the former Marseillais took more than a minute to make his way through the ten or twenty meters separating the door from the airport from a club minibus.
A tide of cameras, dictaphones and cell phones stalked his first comments. And logically, “Flotov” had a message for André-Pierre Gignac, his former partner at OM who became an idol of the Tigers. “He is my big brother,” said the 2018 world champion at the microphone of a local television channel. […] We will do our best for the team. “
Hundreds of leaping fans chanted songs to marching band tunes. A huge banner in the club’s yellow and blue colors showing him in a France team jersey for the World Cup in his hand had been deployed.
11,000 fans expected at the stadium for his presentation
His first steps in Mexico were broadcast live on an account of supporters of the Monterrey team followed by more than 200,000 people. On Friday, some 11,000 fans are expected to attend Florian Thauvin’s official presentation at the University stadium, the Tigers precinct, where he will also give his first press conference on Mexican soil.
Florian Thauvin will then join the rest of the team at the seaside resort of Playa del Carmen (East), where the Tigers are in pre-season under the leadership of their new coach Miguel Herrera, Mexico coach at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
“It’s an important signing, but I cannot guarantee any player, whatever his name, that he will start,” Herrera recently warned of the former OM winger. But in view of the enthusiasm of Tigers supporters for the 28-year-old Frenchman, the Mexican coach will have a lot to do to justify himself if he leaves Florian Thauvin on the bench.