Laurent Koscielny says he won’t stay for another season like the one he’s just had with Bordeaux, and once again he feels promises have been broken.
Former Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny has made 25 appearances for Bordeaux this season in a pretty woeful campaign for the club. Technically, they’re still at risk of finishing in the relegation play-off spot with one game to go.
They have four teams between them and an 18th-placed finish and would need four results to go against them – including Brest avoiding defeat to PSG, Strasbourg drawing with Lorient, and Bordeaux being thrashed by 13th-placed Reims.
So relegation is unlikely, but there’s been little to cheer about in a season where the club were also knocked out in their first match of the cup.
“If staying means having another season like this, it will be a no,” Koscielny told the media in a press conference on Friday (via GFFN). “There are lots of things that will need to come into play to find me on the pitch next season.
“I would have liked for the promises that were made to me to be fulfilled, to have the players needed for this team to be higher in the league and to build a spine. It was not done, I will take lessons from it. It will serve me for my future.”
This isn’t the first time Koscielny has pushed to leave a club amid talk of broken promises, as Arsenal fans will be all too aware. The centre-back tried to get the Gunners to let him go for free in the summer of 2019, claiming that’s what he was promised.
Just like back then, the 35-year-old has a year left on his contract going into the summer.