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Angelo Fulgini missed out on a move to Premier League duo Newcastle United and Crystal Palace this summer and Angers coach Gerard Baticle is ‘surprised’ to see the midfielder stay put, speaking to L’Equipe. 

Life could hardly be going much better for Baticle at the moment. 

The former Lyon coach was handed the unenviable task of replacing legendary boss Stephane Moulin at the Stade Raymond Kopa in May – the David Moyes to Angers’ Sir Alex, if you like – but it’s fair to say things have gone far better than anyone might have imagined so far. 

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After four games, only Paris Saint-Germain are keeping an unfancied Angers side off the top of the table. 

Furthermore, with the club’s most naturally-gifted player staying put until January at least, don’t bet against Les Scoistes maintain their excellent start under to a new era.

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“Angelo (staying), for me, it’s a surprise,” Baticle said of a man who was linked with a £13 million move to Crystal Palace and Newcastle over the summer, via the Daily Mail. 

“He had an exit certificate and, given the quality of the player, I thought he was going to find a great club. So it’s a good surprise because having a player of this quality in a group is interesting. It is very good for us.  

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“We will have to help him digest this episode. ” 

“I don’t have to worry about good, smart people. I told him straight away: you have to digest, and we will be there to help you. It is an episode of your career, of life.” 

Baticle is not the only one who was counting down the seconds until Tuesday’s transfer deadline. 

And, once the dust settled on Wednesday morning, president Said Chabane took to Twitter to break the news that Angers fans were waiting for. 

“A diamond remains,” he said.

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