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Manchester City duo said ‘yes’ to Ligue 1 move in summer – only for coach to kill deals

He was discarded by Lille at the end of November after another stormy reign in his storied career, and Marcelo Bielsa’s unorthodox ways cost him two Manchester City players in the summer.

According to a report from France, the ‘loco’ Argentine coach refused three well-known players at the end of the transfer window: Manchester City pair Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala, and FC Porto full-back Miguel Layún.

Nabil Djellit of France Football claims that the trio had all said ‘yes’ to Lille, with their only prerequisite being a discussion with Bielsa to discuss their future roles at the Ligue 1 side.

Bielsa, known as one of the most volatile coaches in the sport, refused on principle and that led to the three not wishing to join his project.

The 62-year-old is now jobless and Lille sit in the Ligue 1 relegation zone, but had he been a little more open-minded, Bielsa could have had two notable Man City players and a Mexican international in his squad, and may still be in charge of the northern French club today.

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