The scenario of signing a seasoned professional like Mickaël Landreau on a free transfer made him an ideal backup for some of Europe's major clubs.
Lille terminating Landreau's contract with "immediate effect" indicated that the relationship between both parties was irreconcilable.
Mickaël revealed how hurt he felt during the latter stages of his Lille career (from Eurosport via Reuters):
I was not considered by the club's manager as an example, or as someone good for the rest of the squad.
I took note of that, I spoke to the coach [Rudi Garcia] but he did not take sides.
The most important thing is to blossom on the pitch. I could not anymore. And a year and a half is a long way to go when you have hard days.
I have freed myself both sportingly and psychologically.
Instead of warming the benches at a big club, Landreau plunged into the deep end with newly promoted Bastia, whose goalkeeper—Macedo Novaes—was the Ligue 2 Goalkeeper of the Year.
Against stronger competition, Macedo was error-prone, devoid of confidence and didn't command his box to the standard of a Ligue 1 goalie.
Mickaël is the antithesis of Novaes, hence why the former Lille shot-stopper is currently the highest rated keeper, according to L'Équipe and France Football.
Landreau isn't the only Bastia player frequently monitored by big clubs because 20-year-old Florian Thauvin and 22-year-old Wahbi Khazri—wide attacking midfielders with the capacity to play centrally—have potential to be elite footballers.