Christophe Galtier: Paris Saint-Germain manager Christophe Galtier has spoken out after their deadline day transfer move for Chelsea attacker Hakim Ziyech collapsed.
Hakim Ziyech was set to join Paris Saint-Germain after they had agreed on a deal with Chelsea. The Moroccan footballer had even flown out to Paris to complete his move to the Ligue 1 outfit.
However, the deal collapsed on the transfer deadline day after Chelsea reportedly failed to file the necessary paperwork in time. Speaking after Paris Saint-Germain’s win over Montpellier in Ligue 1, Christophe Galtier stressed that the responsibility for the collapse of Hakim Ziyech’s transfer does not lie with the French club.
Although Paris Saint-Germain could not land Hakim Ziyech before the January transfer window closed, Christophe Galtier insisted he is satisfied with the squad they have.
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Christophe Galtier reacts after PSG’s transfer move for Hakim Ziyech collapsed
“From the moment we released Pablo Sarabia to join England, we targeted players who could play on the right side. For various reasons, which I won’t go into, we couldn’t make the player we had targeted,” Christophe Galtier said.
“I have a quality workforce, the young people will have their say. Obviously, in a very busy schedule you have to be careful with injuries and fatigue, but there you go, I’m satisfied with the squad I have.
“Unfortunately, we could have reinforced it following the departure of Pablo, but we couldn’t. I believe that the responsibility does not lie with our club. That’s how we move forward. That’s how it is, that’s life, we look ahead.
“We wanted to replace Sarabia, with a player able to evolve on the right side. Unfortunately, Ziyech was not done and these are the hazards of the transfer window. It must be accepted. The responsibility does not lie with PSG, as I know.”
Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain secured a 3-1 win over Montpellier in the Ligue 1. Goals from Fabian Ruiz, Lionel Messi, and Warren Zaire-Emery helped PSG earn all three points from the fixture. Arnaud Nordin scored Montpellier’s consolatory goal.
PSG now have 51 points from 21 matches in Ligue 1 so far this season. Second-placed Marseille have 46 points from 21 matches, which means PSG have a five-point lead at the top.