Sources contacted by Get French Football News have strongly denied that Vadim Vasilyev is set to return to AS Monaco after leaving the club in 2019.
L’Équipe reported late on Thursday night that the club were considering bringing Vasilyev back to the club. The Russian was vice president between 2013 and 2019, and since his departure has become a player agent. According to L’Équipe, Vasilyev and the club’s president Dimitri Rybolovev are still on good terms.
Vasilyev’s return would potentially have repercussions for the structuring of the club, which reportedly could have seen sporting director Paul Mitchell potentially leave the club. Given that the arrival of Vasilyev would constitute a change in Mitchell’s role, a return to England was evoked.
However, Monaco have strongly denied L’Équipe’s report that Vasilyev is set to return to the club, just over three years after leaving. The rumours have been described as “unfounded” and have come as a surprise. Monaco are currently fourth in Ligue 1, just five points off third-placed Olympique de Marseille, and have progressed to the knockout stages of the Europa League.
The club have since released a statement, which reads as follows: “AS Monaco would like to react to the article which appeared in L’Équipe, and to the false information that it contains. AS Monaco, and its president Dimitri Rybolovlev strongly deny the supposed intention of the club to bring Vadim Vasilyev back to the club. On the contrary, the club reaffirms its full support to the management team around CEO Ben Lambrecht and sporting director Paul Mitchell. The club also gives its full support to manager Philippe Clement and his professional group going into the second part of the season.”
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