Gourcuff relishing Blanc reunion
The 24-year-old has been recalled to Les Bleus' squad for Saturday's UEFA EURO 2012 Group D qualifying clash with Romania at the Stade de France and Tuesday's meeting with Luxembourg following the fall-out from their disastrous showing during the FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa.
The playmaker, who was sent off in the final group game against the hosts, was reportedly ostracised by his team-mates during the tournament and he was not selected by former Manchester United defender Blanc for the win over Bosnia-Herzegovina having been suspended for the defeat against Belarus.
Blanc managed Gourcuff at Bordeaux for three seasons, with the player excelling in a side that won a Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue double in 2009. And Gourcuff is eager to work with Blanc and his assistant Jean-Louis Gasset again.
He told L'Equipe: "I enjoy working with him, but also Jean-Louis Gasset is very strong. I know them well, I know their philosophy. They see football the same way that I do. It's nice to come back with these people.
"Their style is to play with the ball, even from the back. It is a style of play based on a lot of movement, being available to receive the ball and using plenty of width. All we now need to do is succeed in being efficient, have fun and winning games. "
The former AC Milan man was also asked whether he had noticed a difference within the French camp under Blanc, compared to his controversial and much-derided predecessor Raymond Domenech. He replied: "We will see over the long term, I have not been here long."
Gourcuff was also asked if he expected to be picked against the Romanians, replying: "I do not know. I'm here, selected, and available to the coach . We all have a common goal to prepare for victory and qualification for the next European Championship. The most important thing is winning. The France team comes before anything else."
France currently lie third in Group D, behind early front-runners Albania and Belarus and Blanc has revealed he plans to turn to a sports psychologist to help his side prepare for future games, a move that intrigues striker Loic Remy. He said: "Some players are more fragile than others and appreciate the different games. I'm pretty curious about this."