In an exclusive interview with Monaco Life, AS Monaco Sporting Director Paul Mitchell reveals that the club is currently reluctant to delve back into the market following the signing of Vanderson.
According to Mitchell, new manager Philippe Clement’s appraisal of the current group of players is dictating their strategy this month. “I think with the technical team change, and Philippe’s assessment, he is very excited about this current group,” Mitchell tells Monaco Life. “We’re also excited about the potential of this group, so I think we’re going to be patient, and remain in constant dialogue over the coming weeks.”
Given the unpredictability of the market, however, the Englishman didn’t rule anything out, adding, “As you know, we’re always proactive on the market, as making our signing on the first day of the window shows. We’re always open to strengthening. I like competition, I like dynamic groups, so we’ll look at that.”
Mitchell says that the club’s strategy is going to be linked to the market itself, and therefore departures will play a key role. “We always have to be ready and fluent because while the market is active, anything can happen.”
Despite the signing of right-back Vanderson, Mitchell is not looking to offload either Ruben Aguilar or Djibril Sidibe, although he does say that he would be happy if both stayed or just one. He is keen to highlight once again how delighted he is with the signing of Vanderson, especially given the competition for his signature, telling us, “We’re really happy to be able to fend off some stiff competition from the Premier League and Italy in particular.”
The current thinking around the club is that the arrival of Clement and his technical staff will bring “added value” to the squad, which should mitigate the need to be quite so active. However, as Mitchell points out, the fluidity of the market, or perhaps an unforeseen opportunity, could throw those plans up in the air and force Monaco back to the negotiating table.
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