The day after the end of the summer transfer window and on the eve of the trip to Auxerre in the French League, Pablo Longoria held a press conference on Friday.
The Olympique de Marseille president quickly got everyone in the mood by welcoming the summer transfer window just hours after Igor Todor made his media debut. “The main objective was to use the summer transfer window to change the culture. A change in the coach, the players, the profiles of the players… We want to continue in management to change the club, to be a requirement. It’s from the owner. We had a lot of discussions, we all agreed.”Longoria confirmed before deepening his thought.
The Marseille leader insisted on the desire for change that took place this summer on all levels. “We changed the coach, the mentality. So we looked at the players. Even if you win, you have to change, renew the players, and even more so when you change your coach to change football. We intended to switch to European football that is more vertical, more physical and more. We consider that now we are In a positive economic situation. We have tried with our means to improve the workforce (…) It is not only a technical issue but above all a mentality, and there I think we have taken stronger players mentally. We are very happy with this transformation and the transfer period that we had,” is specified.
Then asked about Bamba Dieng’s false start for OGC Nice, Pablo Longoria wanted to set the record straight. “The truth is that he is a contract player with OM. There were agreements between clubs but he was not registered and he is under contract with OM and he must continue with our team. After that, it will be up to the coach to decide whether to play with him or not.Captured the head of OM. A priori, the Senegalese striker could still leave as a clown in Nice.
Unsurprisingly, Longoria has not escaped a question about Melek’s departure. “It’s a question of profile, it’s not a question of level. We tried to adapt to the coach’s needs and adapt to the style of play that Igor Theodor is trying to put in his place, and we are very happy with it. He considers that the most important salaries should be the most important players. For us, it is important for dressing room”He is done.