In speaking with Nice-Matin, OGC Nice striker Andy Delort discussed his relationship with now departed coach Christophe Galtier and joked Lionel Messi’s presence could stop him from following Galtier to PSG.
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You joined last summer to play under Christophe Galtier. How do you feel about his departure for PSG?“I had a good time with him, I really enjoyed myself. I’d hoped to have him as a coach for a long time. But, to coach great players at such a great club, I understand it’s an opportunity he couldn’t refuse – I’m very happy for him… We are very similar in character. My game is not to give up on anything on the pitch, I wanted to do my best for him. I learned a lot from him, it’s no coincidence that last season I finished higher than ever in Ligue 1, made Europe and scored a lot of goals.”
Did you have concerns when you realised he was leaving?“Some, yes. After the season I’d played, it was a shame to see him go. Some had talked about agents’ influence when I arrived here [Galtier’s son is Delort’s agent] but I answered that on the pitch. I wore the captains armband, it’s proof of my exemplary nature. Before arriving, I already had a reputation but, in Nice, people look at me more differently.”
Doesn’t he want to take you to Paris with him?“We’ll see, it depends on Messi!” [laughs]
Was there an internal crisis?“A mini-crisis after the cup final lost against Nantes. Since returning to pre-season, it’s over. There was the departure of Galtier, we got a very good coach afterwards. We’ve been training hard ever since.”