Things have not exactly gone to plan for the world’s most expensive goalkeeper
So with this in mind, we have decided to take you through five things you should know about the Chelsea target…
Came Through the Ranks at PSG
In 2012, a young Maignan was promoted from Paris Saint-Germain’s Under-19 team to the B team, where he went on to play for them until he was promoted to the first team in 2013.
The Paris-based side had high hopes for the youngster, who signed his first professional contract with the club in June 2013. In December that year, he was included in a matchday squad for the very first time, and was then included in a Ligue 1 game for the first time one month later.
The player recently opened up on an incident during his time training with the first team, where, of course, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was involved. When the big Swede accused him of being a useless keeper, Maignan saved his next attempt at goal before standing up to him. It took character and despite his young age, he didn’t shy away. In the end, he admitted that he came away with even more respect for Ibrahimovic.
He told ?France Football: “
“Back in the changing room, he [Ibrahimovic] stopped me. He told me that it’s good, that he liked what I did and that he liked my personality.
Despite his best efforts, Maignan failed to make a first team appearance for PSG and was eventually sold in 2015 to Lille for just
Voted Best Keeper in France (2018/19)
Maignan was excellent during the 2018/19 campaign, helping his side finish second in Ligue 1, meaning they were rewarded with Champions League football for the 2019/20 season.
And as a result of his fine form last term, he was voted the best goalkeeper in Ligue 1 by the National Union of Professional Footballers.
The shot-stopper played in all 38 of Lille’s league games last season, managing to keep 15 clean sheets during this time – the second-highest tally in Ligue 1. Moreover, with his side battling Lyon for second place, Maignan kept a stunning nine clean sheets in his final 16 league games to help them finish above their French rivals.
This run saw him make a number of high-profile saves to keep his team in games or to help them see out a win. The keeper has shown time and time again already that when his team needs him to step up, he does.
The goalkeeper has extremely impressive reflexes, allowing him to make a number of these world class saves. And while he may only be one centimetre taller than Kepa, he is a very dominant presence inside his own box, taking control of situations.
Not only that, as is crucial for the modern day footballer, he has the ability to put the ball down on the floor and can comfortably play out from the back, either playing a simple pass out or pinging a long ball up to his striker. He is certainly a well-rounded keeper.
He’s a Liverpool Fan
While Chelsea may be looking to bring him in, Maignan is actually a fan of another ?Premier League side.
The Frenchman ?recently admitted that he has been a major fan of runaway league leaders Liverpool ever since he was a young boy. He said:
Attracted Interest From Manchester United (& Others)
Well, no surprise here.
Maignan as previously mentioned is a Liverpool fan, but he has previously been linked with a move to ?Manchester United because…that’s just what happens, isn’t it?
Duncan Castles of ?the Daily Record reported during the summer that due to David de Gea’s contract situation at United, the club were interested in signing Maignan as a potential replacement. They also held an interest Ajax’s Andre Onana, but Lille’s shot-stopper was identified as a potentially cheaper option.
The French side were initially asking for
Still Awaiting Senior Debut for France
The 24-year-old is very highly regarded in France and has been tipped to become Hugo Lloris’ long-term successor for the national side. There is also some surprise that he hasn’t been given his chance as of yet.
Maignan is still yet to make his senior debut, although he was called up for the