One of those players included Eric Bautheac and he has told L’Equipe, how his two years at Lille ended in shame, after he was banished from first-team training by Bielsa when he returned for pre-season training in early July.
Bautheac, who made 41 Ligue 1 appearances for the club, claimed Bielsa had given them no explanation for the measure in a brief chat.
“None at all,” Bautheac replied when asked if the former Marseille manager had given a reason for their exclusion.
“The first day when we arrived he spoke to us for 45 seconds and he left. We didn’t see him again.”
He added: “I thought Bielsa would at least test us. We were surprised and even more so when we saw that we were 12, and the oldest players to boot. I said to myself, ‘It’s fine, he wants the little 20-year-olds to be able to manage them.’ With us, he wouldn’t have managed in the same way.”