Bordeaux have published a genuine good luck message to Henri Saivet on their website.
The midfielder is the youngest ever player to play for the Ligue 1 club and is described as a ‘pure product’ of their academy.
Henri Saivet played a part in Bordeaux winning all three domestic honours in his time at the club and made his Ligue 1 debut under Laurent Blanc.
The French club say that they hope Saivet can ‘achieve big things’ with Newcastle and they wish him all the best.
The way many clubs on the continent handle players who decide they want to leave is a far cry from the norm in England.
On the continent if a player has played a decent part at the club then the selling club generally appear keen to thank them for their positive contributions, rather than the bitter recriminations you tend to get in the Premier League, with a war of words with the club as to who is to blame for the issues behind them wanting to leave.
Bordeaux wish Henri Saivet ‘every success in the next chapter of his career’ – let’s hope their wish comes true…
Bordeaux official farewell message to Henri Saivet:
‘The Girondins de Bordeaux can now officially confirm the transfer of Henri Saivet to Newcastle United (EPL). Henri came up through the ranks of Bordeaux’s youth Academy, turning pro at the age of 16 and making 181 first-team appearances for the club. He has won all of France’s domestic honours with the Girondins (Ligue 1 and the League Cup in 2009, Coupe de France 2013) and now heads off to the North of England to take up a new challenge. We wish local hero Henri Saivet every success in this new chapter of his career.
Born 26th October 1990 in Dakar, Henri is a pure product of the Academy at Le Haillan. He showed enormous potential from an early age, nurtured by Bordeaux’s coaching staff.
He soon began to attract interest from other clubs, and signed his first professional contract in 2007. At the age of just 16, he became the youngest professional player in the club’s history. Under the watchful eyes of Laurent Blanc and Jean-Louis Gasset, he made his Ligue 1 debut in the last game of the 2007-2008 season against Lens (2-2).
A few minor injuries temporarily slowed down his nascent career, but Henri nonetheless featured once in the club’s title-winning season in 2008-2009. He also won the League Cup with victory over Vannes (4-0). He made 3 appearances the following season, then six in the first half of the 2010-2011 season before heading to SCO Angers on loan (18 matches, 3 goal
Henri’s profile exploded in the following season. In 2011-2012, he featured in 24 matches and scored his first L1 goal against Sochaux (0-3). He continued to progress steadily, and soon became a key member of the first team. He was heavily involved in the Girondins’ Coupe de France victory in 2013, playing in all six rounds and scoring the 2nd goal as Bordeaux cruised to victory over Evian TG at the Stade de France (3-2)
Henri Saivet has made a total of 181 appearances for the Girondins, scoring 23 goals and providing 11 assists. He has won everything in France, and now heads off for a new challenge in England. At the age of 26, he is off to discover the Premier League and join up with former Bordeaux team-mates Yoan Gouffran and Gabriel Obertan.
The Girondins de Bordeaux wish Henri all the best. We have watched him grow up at the club, and now we wish him every success in the next chapter of his career. We’ll be keeping an eye on his performances, and hoping that he can achieve big things with the Magpies.’