Nantes admit Barthez interest

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Nantes have confirmed an interest in talking to veteran goalkeeper Fabien Barthez.

The former France international retired from football in October after failing to secure a new club following his exit from Marseille.

But reports have claimed Nantes are hoping to persuade Barthez to end his retirement and return to action in the New Year.

Vladimir Stojkovic has failed to impress in goal this season and chairman Rudi Roussillon is ready to sanction the signing of a replacement.

Barthez's name has been put forward and Nantes coach Georges Eo admits talks with the ex-Manchester United keeper are on the agenda.

"This possible transfer has been talked about me, the chairman told me," Eo told radio station RTL.

"He said we will talk with Fabien and he asked me my opinion.

"The career of the boy is so prestigious, but we have three keepers and we will try to find the best solution possible."