Kasper Schmeichel

Nice have suffered a poor start to the season, and reports in France have suggested that former Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel is part of the problem.

The Danish international joined the Ligue 1 side in the summer after 11 years at the Foxes – a key part in their 2015-16 Premier League title winning campaign.

RMC Sport though have reported that his start to life in France has not gone well, with frustrations over the 35-year-old beginning before his first game.

It’s claimed that Schmeichel’s entourage went above manager Lucien Favre by asking INEOS owner Jim Ratcliffe, who control the club, for the keeper to start the first game of the season against Toulouse.

It appeared to be a request that Favre did not stick to, as the Swiss coach instead opted for Polish shot-stopper Marcin Bulka, who has also joined the club on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.

The report adds that Schmeichel is not adhering to squad rules, such as meeting times or club-mandated rest days.

While the veteran keeper also reportedly arrived this summer with a ‘very high’ body fat percentage.

After missing the first game against Toulouse, he started the next six games – a run of matches in which Nice won two games.

He was then dropped by Favre for the 1-0 defeat to Angers in a match which Bulka came back into the team.

Favre who only joined the club in the summer, now sees his job at risk, with former Tottenham and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino a strong contender to take the role.

As reported by Sportsmail, Favre was unhappy that an assembly of Premier League cast-offs were signed over the summer by the French side.

As well as Schmeichel, Ross Barkley and Aaron Ramsey were signed on free transfers, while Nicolas Pepe, Mads Bech Sorensen and Joe Bryan were signed on loan from Arsenal, Brentford and Fulham respectively.


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