PSG Secure Gameiro Signing

PSG have completed the signing of Lorient striker Kevin Gamiero. Moments after his signing he gave an interview to PSG.fr where he explained his decision to move the the French capital, despite interest from a number of Premier League clubs.

Kevin, you’ve literally just signed for PSG. What are your first feelings?
“I’m very happy and very proud. It’s my home club. My family and friends are here. I’ve always dreamed of playing at the Parc des Princes, scoring goals in this stadium. It’s fantastic! I really love PSG. I’ve supported the club since I was a kid. They’ve got a very exciting project here.”

You had a lot of clubs chasing your signature. In the end, the fact that PSG isn’t playing Champions League football next season wasn’t a factor…
“No. I thought long and hard about my transfer. I chose PSG because it’s a huge French club. I think next season, the club could have a really great campaign. And PSG is my club!”

Did Laurent Blanc’s words of advice influence you?

“All the media were at that press conference. I took his words into account. We’re one year out from Euro 2012 and you shouldn’t take too many risks. I’m really, very happy.”

You hail from the Paris region. Did you go to the Parc des Princes when you were younger?
“I went to several matches with my dad. They were always great games with a fabulous PSG team. I really liked Marco Simone. When I watched PSG play, I used to tell my parents that one day I’d be out there! That’s going to happen next year. I really liked Simone’s style. He was a pure striker with fantastic instincts.”

Have you set yourself any aims, both personal and collective, for the coming season?
“For myself, my aim is always to do better than the season before. I will try and have a good preseason and adapt to my new club and teammates as quickly as possible. We’ll see what happens from there. We know we have to have a good season. We need to make a good start to the championship.”

Every season you’ve been a pro, you’ve scored more goals than the season before. So next season you’ll score at least 23 next year…
“Touch wood! I’ll be trying to get there, but the key is to have a good preseason. My understanding with my new teammates will develop during the preseason friendlies and during the first games of the championship. I’m not worried about that.”

You’ll debut at the Parc des Princes in the opening day of the Ligue 1 season against… you’re former team Lorient!
“It’s a really important match because it’s crucial to start well. It will be my first game at the Parc des Princes – I hope I play!! Playing against my mates at Lorient will be great.”

Moyes Considering Move For Lorient’s Manga

Everton are thought to be chasing Lorient defender Ecuele Manga, who has impressed in Ligue 1 this season.

It’s also claimed Lille, Marseille and PSG have been alerted to the qualities of the Gabon international, who moved to his current club from second division Angers.

The 22-year-old’s existing contract with Lorient still has three years left to run, but the central defender admits he is flattered by the interest particularly from Everton boss David Moyes.

“I am delighted with all this attention on me,” Manga told skysports.com.

“I have a contract until 2014 but Everton is a fantastic club and I would be delighted to even be considered for their team.

“I love the passion at Goodison Park. But like I said, it is only paper talk and neither I nor the club have been approached.”

Hazard Voted French Player Of The Year

Exciting Lille midfielder Eden Hazard has been voted the French Player of the Year by his peers.

The 20-year-old Hazard, who has been the subject of much transfer speculation from Arsenal, Real Madrid and Spurs, was instrumental in Lille winning the double of the Ligue 1 title and Coupe de France this season.

Hazard scored seven goals and created nine assists this season. He made his Lille debut as a 16-year-old and recently signed a new contract with the club until 2015.

Hazard had won the Young Player of the Year over the past two seasons. He won Sunday’s award ahead of teammate Moussa Sow – the league’s top scorer – Lorient forward Kevin Gameiro and Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Nene.

Lille Secure Ligue 1 Title

Lille last night secured their first Ligue 1 title in 56 years after a 2-2 draw away at PSG.

Lille got off to a great start when Ludovic Obraniak opened the scoring in the 4th minute, however PSG pegged them back just before half-time thanks to a goal from Guillaume Hoarau.

Lille’s task was made a little easier at the start of the second half when PSG goalscorer Hoarau was sent off. With 30 minutes remaining Lille took the lead after a goal from the leagues top goalscorer Moussa Sow.

However PSG who are still fighting for a place in next seasons Champions League fought back and levelled the game in the 73rd minute thanks to a goal from Mathieu Bodmer.

The game finished 2-2 which was enough to keep Lille six points clear of Marseille with just one game remaining. Marseile could only manage a 2-2 draw away at Valenciennes.

Lyon had the opportunity to seal 3rd place and a place in next seasons Champions League but only managed a goal-less draw at home to Caen which means that Lyon and PSG will fight it out on the last weekend of the season to claim a spot in Europe.

Lille Look To Put Pressure Back On Marseille

Lille are looking to put the pressure back on Ligue 1 leaders Marseille tonight when they host relegated Arles-Avignon. Marseille moved a point clear at the top of the table on Wednesday night thanks to a 4-2 win over OGC Nice. Despite finding themselves in second place with six games left, Lille manager Rudi Garcia insists his men will be fighting hard to secure their first league triumph since 1954.

“It was always going to be likely they went top, but what counts now is how we react,” Garcia said after his side lost the lead for the first time since December.

“Ultimately, we have to win all our matches. But there are six games left and we will have the chance to be leaders again.”

Arles have little to play for on Saturday, after they were condemned to a season in Ligue 2 on April 17 with a 1-0 loss at home to Valenciennes.

But Lille – who were held to a 1-1 draw at Lorient in their last league game – could be without Ligue 1′s top scorer Moussa Sow, who has tendonitis.

Marseille, meanwhile, can expect a tougher examination when they host Auxerre on Sunday.

In tonight’s other games, Lens need three points from their home clash with Lorient if they are to have any hope of avoiding the drop, while fourth-placed Paris Saint Germain host Valenciennes, who are in 12th spot.

Jean Tigana’s Bordeaux side need a win from their trip to Stade Rennes if they are to keep their Europa League hopes alive, while Sochaux take on Nancy looking to put some breathing space between themselves and the relegation zone.

Joining Marseille and Auxerre in action on Sunday, 10th meets 11th when Montpellier play host to Brest, and Caen will hope to move out of the bottom three when they travel to OGC Nice.

Lyon, who are third, will hope to keep the pressure on the leading duo when they visit Toulouse, and Saint-Etienne host struggling Monaco in Sunday’s late game.

Taiwo Summoned After Final Rant

Nigeria international Taye Taiwo has been summoned to a May 5 hearing by National Ethics Council (CNE) to explain his foul-mouthed outburst at the League Cup final, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced Wednesday.

Taiwo scored the winning goal as league champions Marseille beat Montpellier 1-0 to win the trophy last weekend.

But moments after the triumph the big defender went from hero to villain as he grabbed a microphone and unleashed a verbal volley at Marseille’s bitter league rivals Paris Saint Germain.

As Taiwo celebrated near the Marseille fans he was heard proclaiming: “Marseille are coming up to Paris to (expletive) PSG.”

The next day France’s Professional Football League (LFP) said it would probe Taiwo’s behaviour, which has now reached the CNE.

Teammate Stephane Mbia has also been summoned to the hearing for the role he played in the incident.

Taiwo has since made a public apology to PSG via Marseille’s television channel, and widened that apology in a press release Monday.

Marseille coach Didier Deschamps said: “He shouldn’t have done that. He’s made a huge blunder, but he didn’t think it would reach such proportions.

“He knows it now, and is very sorry.”

Marseille are only two points behind league leaders Lille, with a game in hand.

Losing Taiwo, one of Marseille’s most influential players, to a ban could theoretically damage their chances of defending the league title