The decision of Olympique de Marseille to release Steve Mandanda, now engaged with Stade Rennais, does not pass in the eyes of Mathieu Valbuena. The former Marseille player said it clearly.
Five years after his return to Olympique de Marseille, Steve Mandanda decided to leave. And for good this time. Arrived for the first time on the Canebière in the summer of 2008, the tricolor porter has chained the Marseille seasons. Left for a year at Crystal Palace (2016-2017), he then returned, but everything changed for him with the recruitment of Jorge Sampaoli. This season, he was benched, in favor of Pau Lopez. What give him desires elsewhere, with an official signing this summer with Stade Rennais. For Matthew Valbuenathe thing is incomprehensible.
The former OM midfielder gave his opinion on the choice of Olympique de Marseille to release their emblematic goalkeeper. ” For me, it is an incomprehensible decision on the part of Marseille“, he reacted in the columns of West France. If Valbuena ” can understand that OM are preparing for the future with Pau Lopez“, on the other hand, he considers that between the two men, “ There is no photo“. Mathieu Valbuena admits having nevertheless believed in a reversal of the situation, with the departure of Jorge Sampaoli.
Valbuena played a role
” I thought that (…) the cards were going to be reshuffled in the hierarchy of goalkeepers, but we immediately saw with the presentation of Igor Tudor on Tuesday, that things were going to continue in the same way. The Olympiakos player therefore judges that the case is not good for OM, but that it is, on the other hand, beneficial for Stade Rennais. Valbuena has also played a role in history, sincehe admitted to having been contacted by the Rennes coach, Bruno Genesioin order to give him his opinion on the 2018 world champion. Enough to convince the coach.