The transfer of Gaël Fickou from Stade Français to Racing 92 is controversial. Jacky Lorenzetti, president of the Ile-de-France club, returned Thursday for RMC Sport on this transaction. He defended the choice of the French international and assured that the transfer had been initiated by Stade Français.
Top 14 news has become accustomed to being punctuated by cases of Covid-19, staggered, postponed and rescheduled matches. But the world of French rugby has also been lively in recent weeks by the transfer of Gaël Fickou, center of the Stade Français suddenly passed in the camp of Racing 92.
The transfer, which was to be effective from July 1, therefore with a view to next season, has finally been brought forward. The international (27 years old, 63 sel.) Was officially presented on Tuesday by Racing 92 and will be in the group for the trip to Toulouse on Sunday (9 p.m.).
“The Stade Français had all the cards in hand to keep it”
The hasty transfer gave rise to controversy. But Jacky Lorenzetti defended his player at length on Thursday: “I do not understand the criticisms vis-à-vis Gaël. We were very direct, very clean, very frank in this matter, like Gaël. The Stade Français had all the cards. in hand to keep it “, he repeated, before adding:” It’s a bit of a dream come true, thanks to the Stade Français “.
“Relations between Gaël Fickou and Stade Français were perhaps not as good as they could have been”, advance the president of Ile-de-France with caution. “It was perhaps interesting for both parties to end this collaboration. This was agreed very quickly. For us, there is no problem. Gaël suffered a situation that is not not his doing and we, with a smile, we took advantage of it, “he said. “We are bound by the rule which prohibits a club from canvassing a player before his last year of contract. As we are observed, you can imagine that I was not going to take the slightest risk,” also said Jacky Lorenzetti.
Gaël Fickou “suffered the situation”
The President of Racing also returned to the recent statements of Hans-Peter Wild, president of Stade Français. In the columns of The team, he said he was “very disappointed with the state of mind” of Fickou, believing that “the club needed him to try to grab the Top 6”. “We were asked to release Fickou, so we did,” Gonsalo Quesada added Thursday at a press conference. “I do not understand, because it is not Gaël Fickou who decided all that. He suffered the situation and then tried to get out of it as well as possible. So I am a little incredulous,” replied Jacky Lorenzetti.
Racing 92 was able to recruit Gaël Fickou during the season, taking advantage of the extension of the recruitment window for medical jokers until the end of April. A measure voted by the management committee of the LNR, which includes Thomas Lombard, general manager of the Stade Français. And the Ile-de-France club faces a particularly well-stocked infirmary. Henry Chavancy, Virimi Vakatawa, Olivier Klemenczak, Teddy Thomas, Juan Imhoff are notably part of the long list of injured. “We are in difficulty,” insisted Jacky Lorenzetti.
“I hope he will end his career with us”
Jacky Lorenzetti also detailed the origin of the arrival of the French international in Hauts-de-Seine: “We were contacted a few weeks ago by an agent who suggested Gaël Fickou to us. smiled a little, thinking it was a joke because we had already tried two years ago to bring him in. It was not done because the financial proposals that the Stade Français had made were far from what we could put. It turned out that it was not a joke, that the Stade Français had asked Gaël Fickou to leave the workforce of his club for financial reasons “.
However, he would like the former Toulouse player to be part of the Racing project in the long term, even in the very long term. “I hope he will finish his career with us. He is a leader. Henry Chavancy (center and captain) is now 33 years old. We thought it could be a transition to the future of Racing”, Jacky Lorenzetti concluded.