Cute ‘frustrated’ by Kasper Schmeichel over ‘punctuality and ‘fitness’ of the former Leicester star

Kasper Schmeichel’s cute move turned to heartbreak with FC Jim Ratcliffe concerned about “too high body fat, and how he went to the owner to start as the No. 1 goalkeeper – and ignore team rules”

Nice’s new goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is said to have made a poor start with Ligue 1 due to a number of issues – including his weight.

The Denmark international joined Ligue 1 in the summer after 11 years in Leicester City – and played a key role in their campaign to win the 2015-16 Premier League title.

But RMC Sport She reported that he did not make the best impression in France, with frustration with the 35-year-old’s behaviour.

Kasper Schmeichel has been blamed for being a factor in Nice’s poor start to the season – with concerns about the former Leicester goalkeeper’s ‘punctuality and fitness’.

His entourage is said to have asked owner Jim Ratcliffe to start the first game of the season

His entourage is said to have asked owner Jim Ratcliffe to start the first game of the season

The veteran goalkeeper has reportedly arrived this summer with a “very high” body fat percentage.

Schmeichel’s entourage allegedly bypassed manager Lucien Favre by asking INEOS owner Jim Ratcliffe, who controls the club, that the goalkeeper start the first game of the season against Toulouse.

It appeared to be a request Favre did not stick to, as the Swiss coach opted instead for Polish goalkeeper Marcin Bulka, who also joined the club on loan from Paris Saint-Germain.

Lucien Favre left Schmeichel on the bench in his first match against Toulouse, before playing the next six matches and falling again due to his recent defeat against Angers.

Lucien Favre left Schmeichel on the bench in his first match against Toulouse, before playing the next six matches and falling again due to his recent defeat against Angers.

The report adds that Schmeichel does not adhere to team rules, such as meeting times or sticking to rest days imposed by the club.

After missing the first match against Toulouse, he started the next six matches – a series of matches in which Nice won two matches.

He was then brought down by Favre for a 1–0 defeat against Angers in a match in which Bulka returned to the team.

Schmeichel and Aaron Ramsey (second right) were among a number of former Premier League players to join the French squad - with Favre reportedly unhappy with his signings.

Schmeichel and Aaron Ramsey (second right) were among a number of former Premier League players to join the French squad – with Favre reportedly unhappy with his signings.

Favre's position (pictured) as manager is at risk with Mauricio Pochettino linked to this role

Favre’s position (pictured) as manager is at risk with Mauricio Pochettino linked to this role

Favre, who only joined the club in the summer, now sees his job in jeopardy, with Mauricio Pochettino, former Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain boss, a strong contender to take on the role.

As Sportsmail reported, Favre was unhappy about signing a group from the Premier League over the summer by the French side.

Besides Schmeichel, Ross Barkley and Aaron Ramsey signed free transfers, while Nicholas Pepe, Mads Beck Sorensen and Joe Bryan signed on loan from Arsenal, Brentford and Fulham respectively.

Things reached a new low on Sunday when defender Jean-Clair Todibo was sent off after just nine seconds – the fastest red card in Ligue 1 history is not surprising – and they lost 1-0 at home to Angers.

The sick Favre team also lost to Clermont, Marseille and Monaco, and drew with Toulouse and Strasbourg.

It was a tough start for Schmeichel in Nice as his place in the squad is not guaranteed

It was a tough start for Schmeichel in Nice as his place in the squad is not guaranteed

This raises a stark contrast to Leicester, who are adored by their supporters after 11 years at the club which saw the highlight of winning the Premier League again in 2016.

This raises a stark contrast to Leicester, who are adored by their supporters after 11 years at the club which saw the highlight of winning the Premier League again in 2016.

Meanwhile, Ratcliffe, Britain’s richest man worth £6.33 billion, is linked to the purchase of Manchester United from the hated Glazer family.

The official line is that Americans will not sell the club but Ratcliffe is one of the few people in the world who not only have the capital to buy them but an emotional connection.

For many United fans, the INEOS boss is the only hope of freeing the club from the clutches of the Glazers.

Patrick Vieira, Adrien Orsi and Christophe Galtier were all and gone in the intervening four years in the Nice dugout before the club hierarchy decided to return to Swiss Favre.

His first spell with the club from the French Riviera was successful as he led them to the Champions League for the first time in the modern era.

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