Slimani: Coronavirus has paralysed everything

Slimani: Coronavirus has paralysed everything
Islam Slimani (L) of AS Monaco and Bouna Sarr (R) of Olympique Marseille in action

by Staff Reporter

Saturday May 23, 2020. 11:00

Algeria international Islam Slimani says the coronavirus pandemic will make the transfer window unpredictable.

The towering marksman has been loan at AS Monaco from English club Leicester City during the current campaign.

However, the French Ligue 1 season has been cancelled and Slimani is expected to return to his parent club, Leicester next season.

“I think I’ve done well with AS Monaco. We’ll see after what happens. The club has not communicated anything to me at the moment and I find it logical in the current context,” Slimani told Le Score.

“No one can make immediate decisions. Either way, my contract still runs until June 30. The Covid-19 health crisis paralysed everything. Currently, all clubs have big cash flow problems. There is great uncertainty about the transfer window. It is impossible to predict what will happen.”

The 31-year-old established himself as one of the most lethal strikers in Europe while playing for Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon between 2013 and 2016.

Slimani scored 48 goals in 82 league matches for Sporting and he is open to returning to the former Portuguese champions.

“Why not? Sporting is a club that has a big place in my heart, like CR Belouizdad and the clubs in where I started, Ain Benian and Cheraga,” he added.

“To be honest, ever since I left Sporting, I’ve always had it in my head that I would return one day to the club which left its mark on me. When exactly? I do not know.

“Sincerely, I do not know. You have to wait until summer to find out.”

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