Alphonse Areola Wanted Chelsea Move This Summer

13 September, 2018, 15:56 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • France's goalkeeper Alphonse Areola makes a save during the UEFA Nations League football match Germany against France

Chelsea needed a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Thibaut Courtois, and it seems Areola was hopeful he would be the one to fill the void. Instead, PSG ended signing Kepa Arrazibalaga from Athletic Bilbao from a world-record goalkeeper fee. He wanted to come here but the final decision was not my responsibility, ' Lollichon told Le Figaro.

The same has been confirmed by Chelsea goalkeeper coach Christophe Lollichon, who has revealed that the French global had his heart set on swapping PSG for Chelsea this past summer.

During the time of the Courtois uncertainty, Areola was also linked with Chelsea and Lollichon has now revealed that he would have made the move had a deal been struck.

The France global was an unused substitute during France's successful World Cup run this summer, but Lollichon believes the 25-year-old is better than current France number one Hugo Lloris.

The renowned goalkeeper coach believes that Areola is already superior to long-time France No.1 Hugo Lloris.


"It would have been a pleasure to work with him".

"I didn't have to wait until Thursday to discover Areola".

"Against Germany, he was very good in his position and his ability to cut out balls behind his defense". Alphonse is very pro-active.

"His size, his ball-playing qualities, his calmness - he's the keeper most adapted to playing in the way of the team". Buffon played the opening three matches of the season for PSG, but the 25-year-old then took over for the next two so things might be looking up for him. "However, he must play, otherwise he will miss his chance".

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