KEY POINTS

  • OGC Nice has sent a formal offer to Lille manager Christophe Galtier
  • Galtier initially denied speculations, focusing on possible Ligue 1 title
  • Galtier is under contract with Lille until June 2022

In a surprising development, Christophe Galtier may no longer coach Ligue 1 title contender Lille next season.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano reported that Galtier has received a formal offer from OGC Nice, and it has enticed him to join the Aiglons.

The turn of events come just weeks after Galtier denied speculations that OGN Nice, as well as Lyon, are going after the two-time Best Manager of the Year winner.

“A club that wants to target me? I haven’t been targeted, so that things are clear," the 54-year-old Galtier said on April 8th, according to BeinSports.

The manager added such talks were aimed at distracting his focus as Lille has a great opportunity to secure the French league crown.

"I am obsessed with the final [seven] matches which presents an incredible opportunity. I do not want to lose energy on what I am reading," Galtier said.

Then, after a 3-2 win over Lyon last Monday, Galtier stressed there are no more room for mistakes as they continue to shoot for glory.

"We have come a long way. At the very highest level, either you are good or you are not good, but never average," he said, per L'Equipe. "I know my players capable of doing great things."

Even Lille president Olivier Létang expressed how satisfied he is with the work Galtier has done, and hoped the manager stays beyond his contract that runs until 2022.

A frontrunner to secure Galtier's services, the ninth-ranked OGC Nice could surely use the expertise of the veteran Ligue 1 manager.

Since he joined Lille, Galtier led Les Dogues to a runner-up finish in the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season—the club's highest finish since winning in 2011.

Lille is currently on top of the French league table with 73 points, leading Paris Saint-Germain's 72, Monaco's 71 and Lyon's 67.

Christophe Galtier Ligue 1 Lille Christophe Galtier has brought success to Lille since being the club manager in 2017. Photo: LOSC/Facebook