After two Champions League final appearances in two years, it was understandable the young Dutch side wouldn’t be together for long, especially when the Bosman ruling meant out of contract players could leave for free. Straight after their defeat in 1996 to Juventus, Frank Rijkaard retired and Clarence Seedorf joined Sampdoria. Then, in 1997, Edgar Davids, Finidi George, Nwankwo Kanu, and Michael Reiziger all left too. And in 1998 the final pieces were dismantled as Patrick Kluivert, Winston Bogarde, and Marc Overmars earned transfers away from Amsterdam.
By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Monaco’s brilliant season ended in Ligue 1 glory, and a near-miss in the Champions League, but they face an uphill task repeating the feat next year.
Already it seems the excellent attacking side is about to be broken up, with Kylian Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy, Djibril Sidibe, Fabinho, Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Thomas Lemar, are all being linked with summer transfers.
It’s will be a great shame if Leonardo Jardim was unable to keep the majority of the squad together, but it wouldn’t be the first time a successful team has been dismantled in such a way.
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