Corchia fully focused on Sochaux
Sébastien Corchia says he is "100 percent a Sochaux player" after returning to the Peugeot-backed club following the collapse of his proposed transfer to LOSC Lille.
Corchia had left the Stade Bonal last month to join Lille on a four-and-a-half-year deal, leaving behind a relegation battle for a side competing for Champions League qualification. But the transfer was not ratified by the DNCG, French football's financial watchdog, and subsequent appeals by both clubs did not bear fruit, so he has now returned to the Stade Bonal.
"In my mind, I am 100 percent a Sochaux player again," said Corchia, 23. "Everyone has given me a warm welcome. It was nice to be back with the squad. There will be no problem. I am a football player. I take pleasure from being out on the pitch so everything that happened was outside my domain. I was really disappointed with the way things went, but I am not downhearted, far from it.
Still hopeful of joining Lille
"I am extremely motivated by the idea of helping Sochaux stay up. I will give everything for the club until June," he added, when he is likely to finally complete a move away from Sochaux, and Lille could still be his next destination.
"I'd still like to join Lille next season. We left each other on good terms. Right now, nothing is done or lost. We will see how things go in June."
In the meantime, he could be thrown straight back into Hervé Renard's side for Saturday's match away to Valenciennes, a huge match in the relegation battle. Sochaux, who have won two and drawn one of their last four games, are six points adrift of safety.