The complex transfer of Sebastien Corchia from Sochaux to Lille took an unexpected turn yesterday when he was denied the switch.
This came after being unveiled to the press, and posing with his new Lille shirt days earlier.
The reason for the collapsed transfer was due to incorrect financial paperwork filed by Lille regarding their wage payements, and the French Football Federation (FFF) decided to uphold the decision.
Corchia has now been sent back to Sochaux, although he admits he is unlikely to feature when the two teams play each other this Sunday.
The former French under-21 international right-back had been touted as a replacement for Bacary Sagna at Premier League side Arsenal. But if any fans of the Gunners thought this failed transfer could present an opening to snap up the 23-year-old is Sagna does walk away in the summer, they can think again according to the player himself.
Corchia gave his first interview today to L'Equipe regarding the contentious decision, and admits the situation is far from ideal:
"I am disappointed with the decision. Frankly, it's a little beyond me. Nobody understands what is happening. I spoke with leaders Lille , they did not understand either that decision... it is completely incomprehensible.
"These are things in football that can happen. Although I've never seen that before. It's complicated to manage."
Corchia believes he will end up a Lille played in the summer though, that much is certain - and could even be earlier if any appeals are successful.
"It is agreed, even though I get Sochaux, I will integrate the LOSC in July."
Lille sit third and Sochaux 19th in Ligue 1, so the second half of his season will be a relegation battle rather than the Champions League place push he had hoped for.
"I do not give up . I play 100% with them."
image: © Le Mans