Before Manchester City’s key Champions League group game against Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium, rumours emerged via L’Equipe that AS Monaco left-back, Layvin Kurzawa, had been spotted in Manchester and after meeting representatives from the English club during the day, he had been invited to watch the game as a guest of the club.
Quickly seeing the error of his ways and after Monaco had apparently contacted him, telling him not to go to the game, the defender posted on twitter that he wasn’t at the game and was watching on television. In a post that has since been deleted – incriminating himself further – Kurzawa said "Sorry for the rumours but tonight it's the Champions League in front of the TV.”
In Wednesday’s print edition of L’Equipe, the French newspaper questions the France international about that night in Manchester.
During your absence, there was the episode of your flying visit to Manchester to meet City's directors...
I don't need to explain myself, but I didn't go there to meet the directors of Manchester City, and they've confirmed that, by the way. Nothing went on with the club. I didn't respond [at the time] so as not to make the situation worse, but I assure you that it is true.
At Monaco they pulled you back into line by asking you to return immediately?
Yes, I know, I shouldn't have gone up there. When you're a player who is talked about a lot, you can't turn up in any city or in any stadium of a big club. It was a mistake but it wasn't to meet them.
What does this mean for his future?
Kurzawa has often been linked with a move to the Premier League – by the Daily Mail, among others - and with his stock continuing to rise, the left-back will be a huge target for a lot of big teams this summer. He would be a perfect fit for what Manuel Pellegrini needs at Manchester City, and it is unlikely that Monaco would sell to the previously linked Paris Saint-Germain, regardless of what they could offer.
It is expected that Kurzawa will leave Monaco in the summer, and if the “talks” went well with City, they should definitely be favourites for his signature.