Chris Stapleton on the EU, the Bundesliga and a new life in Italy
It’s been three years since Chris Stapeleton left the English Premier League to play for French side Nice.
In that time he’s also become an international legend.
The former Chelsea player is now a coach for a newly-formed youth team in Nice, and his goalkeeping is one of the reasons he has enjoyed such success in the country.
“It’s a dream for me to be coaching the kids in Nice,” Stapella told football.italia.it.
“It’s so special to be in the position where I have the opportunity to make an impact and have the team win.
The kids are amazing.”
Stapella has been training with the youngsters for a few weeks, and they have already won a couple of matches.
The French international, who plays for Nice in the Segunda B, has enjoyed his time with the Nice academy, and has even played some games in the French top flight.
The team is currently in first place, having already qualified for the Champions League group stages, and are currently in second place.
They will face the third-placed side from Ligue 1 on Sunday.
“They’ve already beaten the third team of the season, which is probably the best performance I’ve seen in this season,” Stapella said.
“But we have a lot of work ahead of us.”
It was in the second half of last season when Stapellas career began to unravel, and the club parted company with him in February.
The England international’s time at Chelsea ended with the club parting ways with him as well, leaving him with no option but to leave Nice.
“I couldn’t see myself playing again,” Staper said.
“That’s the biggest thing that’s really affected me.
It’s the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my life, I have to go back to a club I was at.
I know the club will be better.
I’ll get back to being a professional and try to help the team.”
After moving to Nice, Stapelette became a player in the first team and spent two years there, where he also played for Nice.
He returned to Chelsea in 2014, and was signed by the club in 2017.
He also played in France in 2018, with Nice reaching the quarter-finals of the Europa League before falling in the group stage.
After that, the 23-year-old decided to play in France again, and after a year in Nice was sent to Marseille, where Nice finished third in the league.
After playing in France for a month, he moved back to England in 2019, where the England international played in the Premier League for a year before signing for Swansea City in 2020.
Stapele was signed to a new contract in January, but it was his exit from Nice that has kept him away from England for the past three years.
He now works as a teacher at the club, but is still interested in playing for England.
“Hopefully, I can play for England in the future,” Staple told footballtrend.com.
“The English game is very different to the French game, but I think the experience is very good.
The Premier League is different to La Liga and Serie A. I’m just here to help.
I’ve just got to do my best.”