Lille: Jocelyn Gourvennec pays tribute to Burak Yilmaz


LOSC announced on Friday the departure of Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz at the end of his contract. The scorer of 36, champion of France with the Mastiffs in 2021, therefore leaves the northern club after 72 games played, for 25 goals and 10 assists. In a press conference before facing Rennes this Saturday, his coach Jocelyn Gourvennec paid tribute to him: “He will finish his 2-year cycle with titles, that of champion of France, the Champions Trophy and the course this season in the Champions League (8th final). He marked the history of the club. Last season, he was in incredible shape, with crazy success. He has been less effective this season, but he has always made the effort. He had a few bloodshed, but it’s his character and we’re not going to change it at 37. He has trained well.”

The Lille technician also has the ups and downs he experienced with the international with 77 caps (31 goals): “When he is well, he gives a lot. It is a personality with which one can discuss well. He is very intelligent. My relationship with him was healthy, with frankness. There have sometimes been clashes, not only with him for that matter. But it’s like that. The important thing is the frankness. We may not agree, but it is essential to say things to each other. We worked like that with all the other players. I call it respect.

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