It’s the end of the conference
And Longoria was cash on all issues, whether Veretout or the discussion with Tudor to remind the hierarchy (the club, the coach, the players).
On the transfer window
“We have a little too many players, we would like the first team group to be 22 players. We need players to arrive but we also have to bring players out. The transfer window is open until August 31. Veretout, Sanchez, they are players of international level, of a very high level, but I don’t like to talk about individual players, they are currently under contract with other clubs and we must respect them.”
On the Bamba Dieng case
“In football, there is no past, it’s now, the next match, what you did yesterday, today. We know the player, that he has real talent, value , but we must remember the values of modern sport.”
On reuniting with Tudor and the band
Locker room discussions should stay in the locker room. Remember the day of the presentation of Igor Tudor, the message of the club has not changed since that day. Since that day, we have talked about demands, work, discipline and everyone must take the same direction. Yesterday, we recalled all these things.”
On the Veretout case
“There is a question in life. Is Veretout doomed? Did he do something wrong?” Then there are other questions. In life, you have to have ethics, values… But beware of rumors, social networks. Popularly judging someone, is it morally acceptable? That’s my point of view, you always have to respect people.”
The turn of Pablo Longoria
And we’re talking style of play. “Haven’t you been too ambitious in relation to the context. “Yes, any change, you have to take time to adapt, defends Longoria. In football, there are different things. I think football is going to evolve into a more physical football and more based on the game of transition. We wanted to take this direction. It is certain that we are not going to judge the real OM of Igor Tudor from the month of September. It’s a process. Adaptation, the arrival of new players, it allows us to pick up speed, but we, as a club, are on the path we have taken.”
Nuno Tavares has the national team in the back of his mind.
“Yes, that’s one of my goals and I dream every day of competing in a World Cup, that’s also why I’m here.”
What tipped the balance for OM?
“No, it was not difficult, my response was quick. It was more between the clubs that there were small problems. They are playing in the Champions League and they finished second last season.”
The turn of Nuno Tavares, who arrives from Arsenal
“We are going to develop a more physical, more vertical game, which demands a lot from the side players and it has become a priority for us.”
“Are you ready to face a context that can be difficult?”
“The club is already in crisis while the championship has not started”… the question is a bit funny. Good answer from Luis Suarez: “for a football player, you have to be ready to face all the challenges and OM is one of them for me. During the match against Milan, I had a lot of fun, from the warm-up. This responsibility motivates me.”
“I am satisfied with my last season”
Luis Suarez knows he needs to score more but he’s pretty happy with his progress.
We continue with Luis Suarez
Also presented by Pablo Longoria. “a striker adapted to the style of play of Igor Tudor. he is a player of the future for the development that we want for the club. He has all the attributes that we are looking for in an OM striker.”
Blanco played with Lopez in Spain’s youth team.
“He told me that he would help me as much as he could. It’s the first time I’ve come abroad, it’s not easy but he helps me a lot.”
Around the presentation of Ruben Blanco
“It was the first option for us as goalkeeper,” explains Pablo Longoria.
On the meeting with the coach and management
“The meeting, I was not there! We had just a few minutes to discuss with the coach, the president and the players, a completely normal discussion. there are discussions, sometimes misunderstandings, but we are all clear on the speech of the club. There are sometimes things that titillate a little bit but as everything is new and it is very demanding what we propose on the ground… but it happens everywhere like that in the football. We discussed between men and managed to put everything flat, that’s my feeling”, explains Jonathan Clauss.
“A normal preparation for any top player”
No controversy either on the preparation even if the Marseille results have not been exceptional for the moment.
On coach Igor Tudor
No controversy for Clauss who explains that he is comfortable in the system which is the same as in Lens.
“He gave up part of his salary to come here”
“I wanted to say that publicly”, explains Pablo Longoria who explains that it played to facilitate the negotiations between the two clubs.
Let’s go for the conf, and we start with Jonathan Clauss and Longoria
The 4 players will speak first then Longoria will speak for ten minutes at the end. “Welcome Jonathan” begins Longoria, “it is my pleasure to introduce you, you are a player who does not need many introductions.”
4 recruits are presented this Wednesday
the French international Jonathan Clauss, the Portuguese Nuno Tavares, and the former residents of Liga, Ruben Blanco and Luis Suarez.
Hello and welcome to all in this live
The start of the press conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Two days before the start of the championship, it is eagerly awaited, after the rather catastrophic preparation of OM (a single victory) and the upheavals linked to the surprise resignation of Sampaoli and the painful arrival of Igor Tudor, choice direct from Longoria. The president of OM will speak on this subject during the presentation of the recruits.