Nice ‘frustrated’ with Kasper Schmeichel over former Leicester star’s ‘fitness and punctuality’
Delightfully ‘frustrated’ with keeper Kasper Schmeichel after his entourage ‘walked over manager Lucien Favre and asked owner Jim Ratcliffe to start the first game of the season’ with concerns over his ‘punctuality and fitness’
- Kasper Schmeichel came to Nice this summer after 11 years at Leicester
- His entourage reportedly asked the club’s owners for him to start the first game
- The request was not honored by Lucien Favre, who went with Marcin Bulka
- There have also been further concerns over his punctuality and fitness
Nice have had a poor start to the season and reports in France have suggested that former Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel is part of the problem.
The Denmark international joined the Ligue 1 side this summer after 11 years at the Foxes – a key part of their 2015-16 Premier League title-winning campaign.
RMC Sports however, have reported that his start to life in France has not gone well, with frustrations for the 35-year-old beginning before his first game.
Kasper Schmeichel has been blamed for being a factor in Nice’s poor start to the season, with concerns over the former Leicester keeper’s ‘punctuality and fitness’
It is claimed Schmeichel’s entourage overruled manager Lucien Favre by asking INEOS owner Jim Ratcliffe, who controls the club, for the keeper to start the first game of the season against Toulouse.
It appeared to be a request that Favre did not stick to as the Swiss coach instead opted for Polish shot-stopper Marcin Bulka, who has also joined the club on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.
The report adds that Schmeichel does not adhere to squad rules, such as meeting times or club-mandated rest days.
His entourage are said to have asked owner Jim Ratcliffe for him to start the first game of the season
However, Lucien Favre left Schmeichel on the bench for their first game against Toulouse before playing the next six games and being dropped again for their recent defeat to Angers
While the veteran keeper also reportedly arrived this summer with a ‘very high’ body fat percentage.
After missing the first game against Toulouse, he started the next six games – a run in which Nice won two games.
He was then dropped by Favre for the 1–0 defeat to Angers in a match where Bulka returned to the team.
Schmeichel and Aaron Ramsey (second right) were among a number of former Premier League players to join the French side – with Favre said to be unhappy with his signings
Favre’s (pictured) position as manager is in jeopardy with Mauricio Pochettino linked to the role
Favre, who only joined the club in the summer, now sees his job in jeopardy, with former Tottenham and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino a strong candidate to take the role.
As reported by Sportsmail, Favre was unhappy that a collection of Premier League losers were signed over the summer by the French side.
As well as Schmeichel, Ross Barkley and Aaron Ramsey were signed on free transfers, while Nicolas Pepe, Mads Bech Sorensen and Joe Bryan were loaned from Arsenal, Brentford and Fulham respectively.