If Igor Tudor sings the praises of Matteo Guendouzi on Friday at a press conference, the team The eventful summer of the former Arsenal player has been revealed.
According to the sports daily, the 23-year-old French midfielder, who is closely related to former OM coach Jorge Sampaoli, had a tough time with the Argentine’s sudden departure, when the season resumed on July 1. 2022. Mattéo Guendouzi, a key element in the team last year (56 games, 5 goals, 14 assists), reflected on leaving Marseille after a few weeks, while his relationship with the new coach of Marseille club, Igor Theodor, was complicated. Especially after an argument between the two men, at the end of the first half of the friendly match between Marseille and Milan (0-2). Having said that, the Croatian appeared to deny such a brawl, as he paid tribute to the strong personality of Matteo Guendouzi, on Friday, in front of the press.
Tied to OM for three seasons (until June 2025), the Marseille international bought (6 matches, 1 goal) from Arsenal via an option buy after being loaned out for the 2021-2022 season. The transfer fee amounted to 11 million euros, while the market value of Matteo Guendouzi, according to what he reported Transfer Market, more than doubled (25 million euros). Good deal, therefore, for OM.
Higher salary at OM than at Arsenal?
By signing permanently with OM this summer, Mattéo Guendouzi has increased his salary compared to what the midfielder earned for Arsenal, the club he joined in 2018 from FC Lorient. In fact, still according to the teamThe French will now receive €2.2 million net per year in OM. Mateo Guenuzi, who remains a key element of the Olympic team, under Igor Theodor (7 matches in all competitions, 2 assists), now plays at a slightly higher level on the field, in the position of an attacking midfield. Last year, the former gunner was a torchbearer under Jorge Sampaoli.