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Most French players swerve transfer talk at Euro 2008, yet Frey's happy to talk

Most French players swerve transfer talk at Euro 2008, yet Frey's happy to talk

France's players are trying to block all talk concerning their club futures while they're at the European Championship.
Winger Sidney Govou and goalkeeper Gregory Coupet offer a friendly 'no comment' to questions about possible transfers, while playmaker Samir Nasri is nowhere to be seen to field inquiries about his reportedly imminent move to Arsenal.
The exception is backup goalkeeper Sebastien Frey, who talks openly about being approached by Bayern Munich.
Coupet, who is leaving Lyon, has been linked with a move to either English side Tottenham or the Major Soccer League in the United States.
"My future is the Euro," is all Coupet will say on the matter. "Then we'll see, afterward."
Much the same from Govou, who has won seven consecutive French league titles alongside Coupet at Lyon, and is linked with English team Portsmouth and AS Roma in Italy's Serie A.
Asked if he'd been contacted by Roma, Govou replied bluntly "I've only had contacts with (France) coach (Raymond Domenech)."
"I am concentrating on my Euro," Govou said. "I will have time to think about what I will be doing next season. I am not looking into it."
Frey has been far less defensive, and he chatted freely about being contacted by Bayern, which is seeking a replacement now that club stalwart Oliver Kahn has retired.
"There has been some approaches (from Bayern)," Frey said. "I told my agent that we would talk after the Euro."
Frey says France winger Franck Ribery is pressuring him to join him in Bavaria by bombarding him with SMS messages.
But he thinks Fiorentina may have priced him out of the market.
"Fiorentina asked for way too much money for a possible transfer," he said.
Still, he's not totally against the idea of staying on for another season.
"I'm very happy there, motivated for a new season with the club," the 28-year-old Frey said. "The club is putting together a very, very good team."
Nasri, France's 20-year-old playmaker, was supposed to have signed for Arsenal two weeks ago.
The deal, reportedly a four-year contract and a transfer fee of euro15.6 million (12 million pounds, US$24.8 million), has been held up despite Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger singing Nasri's praises.
The Marseille player is silent since joining up with the French camp for pre-tournament training on May 24.
He has not talked either in press briefings or in the post-match mixed zone after friendly games, darting through at speed with headphones on or clutching a cell phone to his ear _ a tactic many players use to avoid press.
Starved of information, the British tabloid press has already begun speculating on Nasri's private life, with The Sunday People linking him to a romantic affair with Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova.
Nasri skipped a scheduled presser on Saturday, with a media officer saying he was feeling "nauseous" but not explaining further.
There are other players fueling transfer speculation in the French camp.
Defender Lilian Thuram is reportedly likely to leave FC Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain are openly courting Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele.
Neither has commented so far.


Updated : 2021-03-02 04:18 GMT+08:00