April 13, 2024

Gourcuff, the big headache

Yann M’Vila may not have had the career the former Rennes midfielder seemed destined for. In his opinion, his bad reputation had a lot to do with it. According to M’Vila, this reputation was particularly detrimental when journalists commented on his performances.

If I had this ‘dirty mouth’ problem, it’s because I wasn’t giving interviews. You see guys before a match, at h…

Yann M’Vila may not have had the career the former Rennes midfielder seemed destined for. In his opinion, his bad reputation had a lot to do with it. According to M’Vila, this reputation was particularly detrimental when journalists commented on his performances.

If I had this ‘dirty mouth’ problem, it’s because I wasn’t giving interviews. You see guys before a match, at half-time or at the end of a match, they’re interviewed. If you open L’Equipe or the newspapers that give the grades, these guys will never get less than 5/10, he confided in an interview with Colinterview. Because they’re available. The guy who’s going to grade them, he’s going to think ‘ah he’s always there, always present’. And sometimes you don’t feel like talking, because you’re tired, because you have to talk.

I had shut myself off, I didn’t give interviews anymore… And I felt it…i, that! I was having a good match, but whoever was next to me was always going to get the best mark… If I had 4, he had to have 5, if I had 5 he had to have 6, he explained. I think that’s true. The guy in the editorial office says ‘oh, he didn’t have a very good match, but he’s always available, so I’m going to be nice to him’. And on the other hand: ‘He had a good game, but he never gives an interview, so who does he think he is?

While he himself paid close attention to the notes, the former France international is convinced that Yoann Gourcuff was probably even more sensitive to them, which would have had an impact on his career. At a certain point, I was paying attention to that. There are a lot of players, it turned their heads, I can tell you. I don’t really like talking about people, but I think that Yoann Gourcuff, it worked on him a lot, he asserted. And unfortunately because, pfff… For me, when you talk about crack, it really was. The Ligue 1 player who pissed me off the most was him. But it all depends on how you are mentally.