Back in early February, we covered a story in L’Equipe regarding Claude Puel’s admiration for Nice striker Alassane Pléa, whom he managed during his stint with the French club a couple of years ago.
The French manager is said to have kept track of his performances since he left, and, if that’s the case, he’ll have been thoroughly impressed with the four goals the striker scored at the weekend during a 5-2 win over Guingamp.
On the same day of our coverage of L’Equipe, we also noticed that France Football had a very brief bit of information concerning the player’s desire to play in England, the only league he’d leave Ligue 1 for.
Well, speaking to RMC Sport on Monday night, Pléa explained where he sees himself in the future, and whether he’d want to go abroad.
He said: “Why not? I’ve always said, a foreign league is something that attracts me. One day, I hope to go, see a different country, witness a different football culture, learn a new language. I would really like that.
“For now, I have important steps to take. It’s my fourth season with Nice. I hope to have a full season. Injuries stopped my progress. Then, we’ll see. If one day I have a super club, we’ll see if it’s possible.”
Good news for Leicester, who have the advantage of having Claude Puel as their manager.
Whether they fall into the ‘super club’ category, however, remains to be seen.