Mixed emotions for Garcia

New Lille coach admits Le Mans 'heartbreak'

Garcia: Didn't hesitate

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Rudi Garcia admits it was a wrench to leave Le Mans, but he could not refuse a return to Lille.

Following Claude Puel's appointment as the new Lyon coach, Lille have brought in Garcia as his replacement.

Garcia was a former Lille player and is looking forward to his return to the club, but also acknowledged his sadness at moving on from Le Mans.

"It has been a heartbreak to leave Le Mans and their chairman," Garcia told a news conference.

"But when Lille contacted me, I didn't hesitate. It is just like coming back to my family and I am ambitious."

Mavuba deal

Lille are now turning their attentions towards player recruitment and the permanent signing of Rio Mavuba is a priority.

Mavuba spent the second half of last season on loan at Lille from Villarreal and the midfielder is nearing a return.

"We have concluded a financial agreement with Villarreal for the transfer of Rio Mavuba," said Lille president Michel Seydoux.

"It is not done yet, but it is going well."