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Girard not worried by PSG budget

21 July 2012 11:51

Montpellier coach Rene Girard says is he is not intimidated by Paris Saint-Germain's latest transfer window spending spree.

Girard's men surprised PSG last season by beating Carlo Ancelotti's side to the Ligue 1 title, despite many tipping them to struggle before the season started.

PSG have strengthened their already star-studded squad further with the high-profile acquisition of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Nevertheless, Girard says PSG's huge outlays will only seek to motivate his team in their attempt to defend the title.

"It's good for our league and we already know we will fill the Stade de la Mosson when PSG come here," Girard told reporters.

"On paper, this is obviously a team of superstars, galactic to us. It will be a challenge to overcome, a motivator, an envy. But this team will go far for the title in front of everyone."

Girard also took the opportunity to discuss the potential impact of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who this week completed his highly publicised move to the French capital from AC Milan.

"He's a player of talent who comes into our league but this should not make us think," he said.

"We also have talented players able to compete against guys like him. Again, all this will raise the level of the championship and increase its interest."

Montpellier face Lyon in the Trophee des Champions in New York on July 28, ahead of the Ligue 1 opener against Toulouse on August 10.

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