Landreau and Lille go separate ways
LOSC Lille and Mickaël Landreau have reached an agreement to end the French international goalkeeper's contract with the club with immediate effect.
"LOSC and Mickaël Landreau have decided together to end their collaboration," said an official club statement on Friday. "The Lille club and the international goalkeeper have signed an agreement today to end the contract which bound them with immediate effect."
Landreau, who had played 119 consective L1 games for Les Dogues, had a further season to run on his deal with the club.
"Both sides disagreed with each other. We had ways of working that had simply become too different. I had seen myself ending my career at Lille," explained Landreau, who was Rudi Garcia's first-choice goalkeeper throughout his stay in the north, including being ever-present as Lille won the Ligue 1 title in 2010-11. "I feel as if I've always given my best for the coach. He's always said I was the number one and he played me, so I can't grumble."
'Could go abroad'
Though media reports immediately linked him to several L1 clubs, Landreau will take his time before deciding where his future lies.
"I'm going to continue doing my job as best as I can. But for the moment, I don't have any firm offers," said the ex-Nantes and PSG 'keeper, who with 568 Ligue 1 appearances is just 34 shy of the all-time record for the French top flight. "Staying in France is a possibility. I could also go abroad for the next six months before coming back. For the moment, I'm going on holiday before I try to bounce back."
Lille, meanwhile, have confirmed Steeve Elana, who arrived from Stade Brestois 29 this summer, has been promoted as a result of Landreau's departure, and will make his L1 debut for the club against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard on Saturday. "Steeve Elana arrived at LOSC as back-up goalkeeper. Today, he becomes our number one goalkeeper," said deputy director general Frédéric Paquet. "As for the transfer window, we still don't have any idea for the moment what we'll do in January."