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Summer Target Stays At French Club But Remains On The Fringe



After a summer of speculation for Lille midfielder Thiago Maia, the Brazilian has remained with Lille despite receiving numerous lifelines elsewhere. There were reports late in the English transfer window that Newcastle were close to an agreement for the 22-year-old.

It was claimed that it was up to Thiago to chose between joining Genoa or Newcastle. However, nothing happened on either front. In late August, Sampdoria jumped in the fray for the midfielder as well. Thiago has decided to remain at Lille.

There is a report in La Voix Du Nord that says that Maia did not want to leave the Ligue 1 club because it had qualified for Champions League football.

Lille manager Christophe Gaultier, who was once linked as an Alan Pardew replacement, has managed to get Lille into the Champions League by finishing second last season. That was despite taking over a struggling side halfway through the season before when they just survived relegation to finish 17th.

The fact that Lille are now in the Champions League seems to have influenced Thiago Maia’s decision to remain at the club. However, it has not changed the fact that Gaultier just does not rate the midfielder.

After starting only 11 games in Ligue 1 last season, Maia has played just 44 minutes for Lille this season. He may get his Champions League football, but he’ll most likely be watching it from the sidelines.


213 comments so far

  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Sep 5, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #201

    Ok right there’s Toon22 now ,hope that puts your strange mind at ease jib

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  • toon22

    Sep 5, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #202

    All we are doing is responding to him
    Giving him what he wants

    JIB you and your alts are full of crap, you talk a load of bollix

    Your helping Jabba kill our club

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  • toon22

    Sep 5, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #203

    Just another boring alt of JIB

    Not going to be led s merry dance

    Your helping kill our club

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  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Sep 5, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #204

    Yeah Toon 22 you’re right there i shouldn’t of given him the time of day really , i’m disgusted with myself for that

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 5, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #206

    And I didn’t answer you OP.

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  • toon22

    Sep 5, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #207

    Take s step back

    Look at the pattern

    JIB has an agenda and we are being led on a merry dance by him

    Hiya KBA

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  • toon22

    Sep 5, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #208

    Just look at the last 2 days even

    Look at the method used and the agenda behind it

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  • toon22

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #209

    You can be sure Jabba intends to be here for a very long time
    To do that he need JIB to keep us as we are
    He will say anything to ensure that
    Whatever it takes

    He don’t care if it ends us as a football club

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  • Munster Mag

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #210

    I havent even worn my new Donnay socks yet. Bloody good value they are too, I can tell you.

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  • Trent1211

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #211

    Emailed you G

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  • Anglo Saxon

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #212

    Jib a barber from Benwell educated at Dame Allans. HAHAHA wasted fees.

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  • Mike Ashleys Lovechild

    Sep 5, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #213

    And to think Jib thought you and i were the same person, i’m sure if we were we would implicate ourselves somehow also look at how different our way of writing is but i’m sure he’ll say its so we cover our backs to make it look like two different people unlike him self who hasn’t got the brain power to change writing styles

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