Emery: We'll cope if Kondogbia leaves
Sevilla coach Unai Emery has said he would like to keep Geoffrey Kondogbia -- but stressed that his club would be able to adapt if the French midfielder leaves.
Kondogbia has reportedly interested clubs including Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus and Inter Milan this summer.
He is now close to a move to Monaco, with the big-spending Ligue 1 outfit apparently willing to meet the €20 million price demanded by Sevilla and third-party investors the Doyen Group, who own a share in the player.
With Queens Park Rangers utility man Stephane M’Bia lined up as a replacement, Emery -- who has already seen Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Gary Medel sold this summer -- told Marca he had experience of dealing with important players leaving.
"On a sporting level, it would be an important loss,” he said. “We put up with it, we do not want it, but the team will have to be rebooted with those who come in. It is something which I occupy myself with more than worry about.
“We will have to adapt if he goes, as we did with Gary Medel. If he must leave, we will have to work harder and keep improving with another player.”
Emery, who was speaking after Sunday night’s 0-0 draw at Levante, admitted that Sevilla’s start to the new Primera Division season had not gone as planned.
“One point from six is not what we expected, but the game was very tight and [Levante] in two separate moves had their chances,” he said. “They had the most clear chances, but we had the ball. What happened will be useful for us to learn from, even though we are not satisfied.”