The transfer of one of France’s top players to West Ham yesterday has been branded “embarrassing” by the president of France’s Football Federation. Noel Le Graet says the financial clout of the Premier League is detrimental to the French game.
“It’s always embarrassing,” Le Graet told Le Parisien. “PSG have a role to play though, as do Monaco. I would prefer that our big clubs, with strong economic situations, were interested in French internationals.”
“I dream to see half of the team at PSG consisting of French players. It would be better for everyone and feed the market. With the values, we could have a competitive team.”
“If we got more money from our television companies, we could be more intelligent. But they don’t give us a lot – it is a joke because we are close to the level of the leagues in Italy and Germany.”
“There is already an attraction to English football because of the money. Now a zero is added to the wages of our young players when they cross the channel and that’s not about to change. ”
“There’s nothing we can do for the next three or four years. The French model must be stronger economically. We need more leaders on the marketing and business side of the game in France, which has been neglected.”