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Montpellier owner denies Goosen link

  • 20 Sep 2017
Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad

Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad has denied orchestrating the departure of former Springbok Johan Goosen from Racing 92 in order to poach him.

In a controversial move last December, Goosen walked away from Racing 92 by claiming 'early retirement', but rumours soon emerged that it was a ploy to get out of his contract and pursue a move to another club.

Recently, reports from France suggested that Altrad was the chief role-player looking to secure the services of Goosen, but he denied having had contact with the player.

'They've not only accused me of having organised his departure from Racing, but also of paying him €50,000 (R800,000) a month since he left, and finally of wanting to buy him out [of his contract] so he plays for Montpellier ... I don't know this player. I've never met him.'

However, Altrad admitted he would be interested in looking at recruiting Goosen if he was released by Racing, with the Paris-based club having looked to block any move from the fullback after accusing him of breaching his contract.

'I've seen him play. He's an excellent player,' Altrad said. 'He hasn't played for months, but the day he'll be free it will interest me. However, at the moment Racing are blocking that.

'I have contact with [Racing owner Jacky] Lorenzetti via the agents to free the player. But if the situation is unblocked, Goosen will anyway not play this season at Montpellier and probably not next season.

'However, I'm interested to make a bet on the future and having this player under contract. It's my right to want to build a future to be able to progress.'

Photo: Franck Pennant/AFP Photo

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