Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 21:00
Marc Wilmots, the coach of the Ivory Coast national team, says the transfer window should close well before any international matches to ensure that there are no selection issues.
The Belgian tactician is busy preparing his Elephants side for crucial back-to-back 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Gabon on September 2 and 5.
Yet he is still without a key player in the shape of defender Simon Deli, who is busy trying to complete a pending transfer from Czech club Slavia Prague.
“I am in constant contact with the players who have to stay in their club, since Simon Deli has not received permission from Slavia Prague to join us,” Wilmots is quoted by Linfodrome.
“So this is a situation that is still pending. I find it very unfortunate that the transfers continue until 31 August.
“At the mental level of the players, these are contracts for their life from time to time. And it will be Thursday at midnight that everything will be decided. We have a match two days later.
“To put all this in place, I preferred that everything be settled before we start the national teams.
“I speak on behalf of all managers, not just for me, because the problem is everywhere. We have to think about this problem at FIFA level.”