Rio Mavuba joined Lille in 2008 and was part of the French club’s campaign during the 2010/11 season, when they won the domestic double that includes the Ligue 1 and Coupe de France.

The former France international even went on to captain Les Dogues before leaving the club in the summer of 2017. The 34-year-old spent one season with Czech Republic outfit Sparta Prague before announcing his retirement from the sport.

He is now a part of RMC Sport’s Dream Team and the ex-midfielder explained how the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa at Stade Pierre-Mauroy just over a year ago became the reason for his exit from the club.

The Argentine coach, who is currently managing Championship side Leeds United, wanted Lille to offload 11 of their experienced members from the squad and replace them with young players.

“It was all weird at that time because we had a lot of good things to do with the club, we won titles, played in the Champions League,” Mavuba explained.

“From one day to the next, we had felt that we should not put a foot in this club. We were told during the holidays, we received a message from the team manager Aurélien Fournier. When I received this, I immediately told my agent.” 

Biesla was sacked as Lille’s manager just months into his two-year contract and was appointed as Leeds United manager earlier in the summer.