French sports newspaper L’Equipe said Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and the 10 other players informed by new coach Marcelo Bielsa via text messages they will not be part of Lille pre-season training earn in total a million Euros a month.
Besides goalkeeper Enyeama, who has won over 100 caps for Nigeria, Bielsa, nicknamed ‘El Loco’ (the mad man) for some of his bizarre methods, has also told the likes of international defender Marko Basa, who has played over 250 matches in Ligue 1, as well as France internationals Rio Mavuba and Marvin Martin he won’t be needing them.
Portugal’s unlikely hero at the last Euros Eder is also affected as well as Julian Palmieri, Eric Bauthéac, Junior Tallo, Naïm Sliti, Stoppila Sunzu and Lenny Nangis.
Three years ago, Bielsa also supervised a major clear-out when he took charge of another French Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille.
Bielsa told eight players there they were not part of his plans, but some of them will eventually go on to convince the coach they were good enough to play for his team.
They included Rod Fanni, who went on to play 27 league games under the aptly nicknamed coach.