Frenchman admits influencing Saints striker

Last Updated: Fri, 29 Nov 2013 17:54

Former Zambia coach Herve Renard has admitted he told Saints striker Emanuel Mayuka to go on loan to Sochaux - where he is now manager.

Mayuka came to Southampton 18 months ago after helping the southern African nation to win the 2012 African Cup of Nations under Renard.

But lack of game-time in England led to a loan move to France, the player taking the advice of his then national team manager when making the decision.

Renard said: "I told him I think France will be a very good opportunity for you, because you can show what you are able to do, and when he signed for Sochaux I was very happy."

Now in charge of the Ligue 1 outfit, Renard is hoping that their close relationship will lead to Mayuka rediscovering his best form and keeping the struggling side in the top flight of French football.

"It was just our destiny one more time," he added.

"I'm a bit like his father. He knows I will be harder with him than with other players...Mayuka will save Sochaux this season."

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