A loan with an option to buy, a transfer volume of two million euros – these are the parameters for Josuha Guilavogui’s move. The Frenchman left VfL Wolfsburg after seven and a half years last weekend and joined Ligue 1 club Girondins Bordeaux. The transfer details were not confirmed by either club. After SPORTSBUZZER information, the deal contains an exciting detail: the loan will only become a purchase if Bordeaux holds the class!
Called: If Girondins descends, Guilavogui is once again a Wolfsburg citizen! Just like VfL, Bordeaux is currently fourth from last in the table, one point ahead of relegation place 18 and three points ahead of direct relegation place 19. So far, 22 match days have been completed in the 20s league. Next Sunday, the team from the Gironde department will play at Stade Reims, which is 14th and still needs points to stay up in the league. “We have a lot of quality but Bordeaux concede too many goals. That’s why I came here to stabilize the defence,” Guilavogui told the SPORTSSUMMER.
If Bordeaux fails to stay up in the league, the former VfL captain will initially be back in the Wolfsburg squad. It’s unclear how things would go with him – from a return to another change of club to negotiations about staying with Girondins, anything is possible. Like the clubs, Guilavogui does not want to comment on contract clauses, only says: “I never thought at the time that I would ever play in Germany. Then I didn’t think that I would stay in Wolfsburg for so long. You can’t plan anything in football .”
The midfielder is now concentrating on his new task at home. “It wasn’t for a long time that a club talked about me like that. They had stars in their eyes when they talked about me,” Guilavogui enjoys the appreciation in Bordeaux. And the 31-year-old has had this recognition for a long time: “We had contact for the first time two months ago, but I said no because I was playing for VfL at the time.” Now the change has worked – also thanks to VfL sports director Marcel Schäfer. “I want to pay Marcel a big compliment, he kept his word. He really didn’t want to let me go a year ago and in the summer. But he said: If an offer comes along that you really want to accept, I’ll do anything for it make it work.”
The seven-time French international has played 184 Bundesliga games for Wolfsburg after joining VfL from Atletico Madrid in 2014. Guilavogui won the DFB Cup with Lower Saxony in 2015 and became captain of the team in 2018. When the club moved into the Champions League last year, it was still there, but had lost its regular place – and didn’t get it back under Glasner’s successors, Mark van Bommel and Florian Kohfeldt. Galatasaray Istanbul and FC Ittihad (Saudi Arabia) were the clubs interested alongside Girondins. “I felt like my time had come. The new challenge suits me, Bordeaux are actually a big club in France,” says Guilavogui.
Guilavogui has already cleared out his cupboard in the VfL Center, “I took everything with me. That hurt me,” emphasizes the midfielder. He also said goodbye to the team – it was particularly difficult for Maxence Lacroix. “He cried, then I cried too. It hurt me a lot. I met him as a young player. He often came to my house.” Guilavogui was not able to say goodbye to the VfL employees at the weekend because nobody was working at the center at the time. But he makes up for it. “If there is time and VfL is higher up the table again, I will come back and bring red wine from Bordeaux.” And maybe it’s just a temporary farewell…