Montpellier coach Frederic Hantz has underlined the importance of Ryad Boudebouz to his side following his match-winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Angers on Saturday.
The 26-year-old Algerian international scored after just eight minutes at Stade de la Mosson to hand La Paillade a winning start to the new Ligue 1 season.
While Hantz wasn’t overly pleased with the performance, he was able to see the positives while expressing his desire to see Boudebouz remain at the club, for now at least.
After the match, Hantz said: “I am satisfied on certain points, disappointed on others.
“It’s good to win a match when you play badly. When you play better, maybe it will be easier.
“The disappointment lies in our offensive output. A lot of moves broke down between midfield and attack.
“I have a wonderful group, though. I hope Ryad [Boudebouz] stays. I have built the team around him since I arrived.
“I understand that certain transfer fees cannot be refused, but nobody at the club wants to see him go.
“Ryad wants to stay one more year. He is sharp and I would like him here all season.”
Losing coach Stephane Moulin, meanwhile, praised his side, but rued a host of missed chances, while also acknowledging the talent of Boudebouz.
“We were not lacking in commitment and desire. There was a lack of technique, especially in the final third.
“We had some chances that we failed to take. It was not dangerous enough even though we had Montpellier off balance.
“Montpellier did not dominate us. One player [Boudebouz] made the difference. He has a talent above that of others.
“There are some good players in Ligue 1, and Boudebouz is one. Therefore we do not necessarily have to do more, rather we have to do better.”