N’Zonzi leaving in January? We will speak to him, says CastroDecember 6, 2017
Sevilla president Jose Castro has said he will address comments made by Steven N’Zonzi on his future after Wednesday’s Champions League game with Maribor.
N’Zonzi is training away from his team-mates at present after a bitter fall-out with Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo, it is claimed.
The French midfielder is reported to have stormed out of the stadium after being taken off in last week’s Champions League draw with English club Liverpool.
The La Liga side were 3-0 down at the break during the game but a superb comeback saw them fight back and earn a point.
The game itself was much talked about due to Berizzo’s diagnosis of prostate cancer, a problem which the Argentine coach has had successful surgery on this week.
However, N’Zonzi is also another talking point with the former Stoke City man now said to be training alone.
Diario AS report that the 28-year-old has been told not to come near the first team training facility and has now been left out of the squad to face Maribor this week in the Champions League.
N’Zonzi is reportedly unhappy that he was unable to leave the club over the summer after plenty of interest from elsewhere.
And, the player himself has now confirmed that he will leave in January, however, those comments have now been countered by Castro, who says he will speak to the midfielder this week.
“We gave him permission to see his son in London. He has made some statements we’ll ask him about when he comes to training on Thursday,” Castro told El Laguero, Estadio Deportivo reports.
“The reality is that he isn’t in the plans of the Coach, from what I can tell, but that doesn’t mean it can’t change at any time. There is a contract and obligations to meet. We’ll see if there is a solution that satisfies both sides.
“If not then he is our player. He has two-and-a-half years of his contract and he will have to fulfil them.”
Italian side Juventus have been extremely keen with club officials attending various games this season to cast a watchful eye on the midfielder, whilst Barcelona have also been labelled with interest.