Landreau parts company with Lille

07 December 2012 05:46

Former France international goalkeeper Mickael Landreau has "amicably" broken his contract with Ligue 1 side Lille, the French club confirmed on Friday.

"Lille and Mickael Landreau have decided by mutual agreement to end their collaboration . (and) today penned an amicable break with immediate effect to the contract which bound them," the club said in a statement.

The 33-year-old Landreau told club bosses he wanted out of his contract which ran until 2014, and in exchange accepted three months salary, or the equivalent to 360,000 euros ($464,460), a source close to the club said.

The request follows several months of tension between Landreau and top club officials including coach Rudi Garcia, who were unhappy with the player's outspoken behaviour in the locker room and to the press.

Landreau joined Lille in 2009 after ten years with rivals Nantes (1996-2006) and three seasons with Paris SG (2006-09), winning the league and Cup double in 2011 with the northern side.

He played 550 Ligue 1 matches and was capped 11 times for France with manager Didier Deschamps rekindling his national career by naming him third choice keeper after being appointed following Euro-2012.

Source: AFP