Teji Savanier, a player apart. Trained at Montpellier, the club in his hometown, he was forced to go into exile in Arles-Avignon then Nîmes to make his professional debut. In 2019, he returned to the MHSC, he who still lived in Montpellier when he wore the colors of the Crocos. The choice of the heart, as AC Milan wanted it. “I put my family before my career. The most important thing is to be good with my family. I would have received a lot more money at Milan but I might have been unhappy. And a player who is unhappy in life, it shows on the pitch. Montpellier, I feel very good there, I am at home. I still live with my family with my neighborhood. This is what I needed. I didn't need to go to a big club to not feel good about myself or my life, it made no sense to me,” he said in the show Rothen s'ignée, on RMC.
Since then, Savanier has established himself as one of the sure values of Ligue 1, and the captain of Montpellier. 126 matches, 34 goals and 24 assists on the clock. “It was only my business,” he continued, regarding his choice to turn his back on the advances of the Italian giant. There are a lot of people around me who told me to go to Milan. But I told them that they were going to stay there (in Montpellier) with their family, and that I was not going to be happy there. Everyone talked to me about money... But money doesn't buy happiness. Today, I'm not going to complain or say that I don't touch Montpellier enough. I am very happy at home, with my family, my children. My son comes with me to training, he watches me train, it’s the best thing that could happen to me.” Member of the French Olympic team at the 2020 Olympics (played in 2021) but never called up to the A by Didier Deschamps, Teji Savanier, 31, is under contract until 2026.