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Saint-Etienne and Lorient also interested in Lebo Mothiba

Solicited by Troyes, as revealed on our website on Wednesday and in our Thursday edition, Lebo Mothiba keeps a high rating in French football. Despite an eclipse of almost two years in Ligue 1, between stoppage of the 2019-2020 season, knee surgery and hamstring injury, the South African striker, author of 10 league goals in his first season at Racing in 2018-2019 (including 1 with Lille before his arrival in Alsace), is courted by many clubs during this winter transfer window.

In addition to the promoted Aube to whom his success on Wednesday in Montpellier in a late match (1-0) offered a breath of fresh air, two other candidates for maintenance, Saint-Etienne and Lorient, have made contact with the Strasbourg club to which Bafana Bafana are tied until 2023. But talks over a possible loan move haven’t gone any further so far.

“It’s true that we have received phone calls from these clubs,” confirmed sports coordinator Kader Mangane late Wednesday before leaving Clermont, “We are not opposed to Lebo leaving, but if it has to be done – and we have to see if it is feasible – we would like to extend his contract before. »

This is proof, certainly, that the RCSA is still counting on the former Lille player. A mark of confidence which refers to a recent comment by captain Dimitri Liénard at the exit of the training ground where the smiling Lebo had just given his full measure. “I had almost forgotten the power he exudes. It’s a bull. »

An internship in Turkey during the truce

The Strasbourg club announced it this Thursday afternoon: as soon as they travel to Bordeaux on Sunday, Julien Stéphan, his staff and his players, who will not play again until February 6 at La Meinau against Nantes, will leave for training from 25 to 29 January in Belek, near Antalya. They will stay there by the sea, but in a very strict sanitary bubble. The Blues will not play a friendly match on site, this training camp in Turkey being essentially intended to allow them to train in better conditions than in France (condition of the pitches, light, climate), before a block of 7 matches which will lead them until the international break at the end of March. They will take off from Strasbourg on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and will return there on Saturday 29 at 6.30 p.m. by private plane.

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