Sparta Prague training camp kicks off without Kanga
Sparta footballers have started preparing for the new season without Guélor Kanga today. The 29-year-old midfielder, who was one of the team’s key players last season, has terminated his contract and is negotiating a new deal with management.
The Gabonese midfielder reportedly wants a two-year contract. However, Sparta has only offered a one-year deal with an option for another season, which would be activated automatically according to the player’s performance. Last year, Kanga scored 12 goals in 31 games and, thanks to a cup triumph, helped the team end the six-year wait for the trophy.
Coach Václav Kotal reported support for Dávid Hancko, whose guest stay from Fiorentina was extended until the end of July due to coronavirus. Sparta is negotiating with the Italian club to keep him in Prague.
The new reinforcement of the Bulgarian offensive player Martin Minčev, who will join the team due to the coronavirus situation in Europe, will also be missing at the start of preparations. The same is true of Matěj Polidar, who came to Sparta in September but finished the season as a guest in Příbram.
Also missing was the striker Matěj Pulkrab, who returned from a guest appearance with the Bohemians 1905 and faced an unspecified injury operation next week. Midfielder Filip Souček is a member of the Opava cadre. He was a guest until the end of the season after the February transfer, due to coronavirus in the Silesian team in a 14-day quarantine.
Václav Drchal is leaving, with whom he is not currently counting on Letná after a severe injury and long convalescence. According to the club’s website, the 20-year-old striker should go to Mladá Boleslav for a one-year guest performance due to sufficient game load.
On the opening day of the preparation, the players and members of the Sparta implementation team passed the COVID-19 tests, all of which were negative. The first preparatory match will take place in Strahov on 28 July with Vltavín, and on 1 August, they will play against the Tábor region. Both games will be played without spectators due to coronavirus.
From 4 August, Kotal’s team will complete a training camp in Austria, where the third team of last year’s first league and the cup winner should play another four prep matches. Sparta has not yet announced its opponents or dates.