Malcom: Tottenham vs Arsenal
One of the deals which never happened in January was Malcom’s Bordeaux’s exit.
Malcom has been one of the standout players in Ligue 1 this season.
A 20-year-old Brazilian U23 international, Malcom was thrown into the limelight in a major way after the opening of the winter transfer market following a stellar first half of the season in Ligue 1.
In 23 matches in the French top flight, the South American winger has eight goals and five assists.
Moreover, Malcom has terrrorised defences in Ligue 1 with his pace and power down the Bordeaux right-hand side.
That lead to speculation in January that Tottenham or Arsenal could land the Brazilian.
Malcom confirms ‘I wanted to move’
On Sunday, leading French TV show Telefoot have interviewed Malcom about what happened in January.
Without mentioning whether he preferred Arsenal or Tottenham, the Brazilian confirmed he wanted to leave Bordeaux.
In an honest statement from the winger, Malcom said:
I wanted to leave, it’s true, but Bordeaux can count on me until the end (of the season).
It’s my dream to progress in my career. I spoke with the president, he told me that he knew it was my dream, but that he needed me. I told him he could count on me until the end. I will do everything to help Bordeaux finish in the top 6 in Ligue 1.
End of the season? Does that mean Malcom and Bordeaux already have a gentleman’s agreement in place about what will happen to him this summer?
— Téléfoot (@telefoot_TF1) February 4, 2018
For the record, Malcom was always certain to stay at Bordeaux after Gus Poyet took over as the club’s manager.
In his first presser at the club in January, Poyet made it clear he’d only have taken the job on the proviso that Malcom stayed.
On Saturday, Bordeaux moved up to eighth in the division after a 2-0 away win at Strasbourg. Younousse Sankhare and Gaetan Laborde scored in each half.
Three Ligue 1 wins in a row for Bordeaux…
Younousse Sankhare and Gaetan Laborde were both on the scoresheet as Gus Poyet's men defeated Strasbourg 2-0 on Saturday. 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/xuOPlK9E8d
— Goal (@goal) February 4, 2018