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 By Ian Holyman

Yoann Gourcuff yet to decide on future amid Bordeaux, Rennes links - agent

Yoann Gourcuff is considering offers from Ligue 1 and abroad after leaving Lyon.

Yoann Gourcuff has trained at his former club Bordeaux but the France international's representative has insisted he has yet to decide on his future amid interest from Rennes.

Gourcuff, whose Lyon contract expires at the end of this month, was hailed as "the new Zidane" during a two-year spell at Bordeaux in which he was the chief architect of their Ligue 1 title win in 2009 under Laurent Blanc.

He subsequently moved to Lyon in a €22 million transfer, but his progress was blighted by injury.


 By Ian Holyman

Deal to preserve Monaco tax privileges declared illegal

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The deal that would have allowed Monaco to keep their privileged tax status within French football has been declared illegal following a case brought by several clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain.

The Ligue 1 champions joined rivals Marseille, Montpellier, Lorient, Lille, Caen and Bordeaux in complaining to the State Council, France's highest court for administrative matters, that the agreement between the French Football League (LFP) and Monaco, struck in January 2014, should not be allowed to...

 By Ian Holyman

Gourcuff could return to Bordeaux after leaving Lyon this summer

Yoann Gourcuff scored three Ligue 1 goals for Lyon last season.

Bordeaux have opened the door for Yoann Gourcuff to return to the club he inspired to the Ligue 1 title.

Gourcuff, 28, is out of contract with Lyon at the end of the month and will end a five-year injury-blighted spell at the Stade de Gerland. 

Despite failing to meet expectations at OL, the glowing reputation he established in two years at Bordeaux, where he won the French title in 2008/09, remains intact. 

But the midfielder's lawyer, Didier Poulmaire, told that Gourcuff...

 By Ian Holyman

Bordeaux's new stadium damaged after hosting its first game

The Nouveau Stade Bordeaux is one of 10 stadiums that will host Euro 2016 games.

Bordeaux experienced problems with their new stadium during the first ever game to be staged at the Euro 2016 venue on Saturday.

Cracks in the Nouveau Stade Bordeaux were seen following Bordeaux's 2-1 Ligue 1 win over Montpellier -- the first match held at the ground, which is one of 10 that will host Euro 2016 games.

Supporters reported feeling the structure move during the match, with one fan telling France Bleu: "You got the impression the stand was bending and bouncing back. It freaked me out...