Bordeaux have given Laurent Koscielny a five-year contract, despite the player’s age, according to reports in France.
Bordeaux-based journalist Nicolas Morin revealed on Twitter that in order to win the race for Koscielny over Stade Rennais, Bordeaux offered the centre-back a five-year contract.
Although Rennes had an agreement in principle to sign the defender, they only offered Koscielny a two-year deal, with the option for an additional third. As a result, the former Gunner joined Bordeaux.
Handing a five-year deal to a player that turns 34 in under a month and has only recently recovered from Achilles surgery is bizarre. It will be a big surprise if Koscielny is still playing up until a few months before he turns 39, at the end of that deal.
It does put into perspective the kind of offer Koscielny was expecting though, and why he wouldn’t have been happy with the single extra year Arsenal were reportedly willing to give him.
In the end, Arsenal got the kind of fee they wanted and a replacement centre-back, Koscielny got his move, so it’s only Bordeaux that have to worry about the potential consequences. The rest of us can move on.