Established as France’s third-choice custodian, Cedric Carrasso was instrumental in helping Toulouse finish fourth in Ligue 1 last season and he is now relishing the prospect of facing Champions League football with reigning French champions Girondins de Bordeaux.
Laurent Blanc’s men made the capture of the former Olympique de Marseille goalkeeper earlier this week and are ready to push him into the side as their primary glovesman ahead of veteran Ulrich Rame after tying him to a four year bond.
“For me, this is another step,” Carrasso told L’Equipe. “Working with Ulrich, a person of great experience, will be a great pleasure. Moreover, he will be a guide for me on a day-to-day basis and getting to know the club.”
Carrasso has expelled out of hand rumours that his exit from Toulouse was acrimonious, stating emphatically that he has left the south west side simply to join a club with a better chance of success.
“There has been much discussion on the causes of my transfer, but what I want to say is that I have never had any problems or disputes with Toulouse and is just a career choice that was made. I know that for goalkeeping positions, few places are made available. Given the motivation and the desire expressed by the leaders of the club who are champions of France, I could not miss the opportunity.
“For me, Bordeaux is a very big European club who have ambitions in the Champions League.”
Meanwhile, France Under-21 goalkeeper Kevin Olimpa, Bordeaux’s third choice guardian, has signed an extended deal with the Aquitaine side but will play next season at Angers after agreeing a loan deal with the Ligue 2 outfit.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com