Longoria explains Ribalta’s arrival and looks back on his relationship with Sampaoli

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The day after the formalization of three recruits for the reserve team of Olympique de Marseille, Pablo Longoria spoke. In an interview published on the OM website, the Marseille president first explained the recent appointment of Javier Ribalta as Director of Football.

“Javier is one of the most talented people in the world of football. I firmly believe in the incarnation of projects by young leaders who already have a lot of experience. He has demonstrated for several years now, at the high level, his ability to adapt to all the evolutions of football. This ability is essential to have results, which he has obtained in the different championships for which he has worked. The work he has done at Juventus Turin is extraordinary. He has shown creativity and perseverance. Javier has had my full confidence since our first discussions on the evolution and future of football. We share the same vision and we are the guarantors of putting in place the best strategy for the club,” said the Spanish leader, adding that Ribalta’s position is “essential to ensure and maintain consistency across all of sporting policy, especially in decision-making.”

“Javier is one of the most talented people in football”

Asked about his approach to the summer transfer window, for the moment quite calm at OM, Pablo Longoria continued: “We have targeted the positions that we want to strengthen and those in which we need to improve. At the moment, we We are facing a very speculative market. So we have our objectives but we must remain consistent with this trend, as we have been doing since day one at the club. This consistency must also be reflected in our game identity, with profiles players who are determined to join us through this idea of โ€‹โ€‹building the team and who want to fully commit to the club’s project. These are the basics. Then, we operate by priority”.

“we want to give maximum coherence to the project”

Finally, the 36-year-old concluded on his relationship with Jorge Sampaoli during this transfer period: “I repeat it but it is so important: we want to give maximum coherence to the project. This is the key. As last season, we must all work together in the same direction. On recruitment, it is a real logic of collective construction with Jorge and his staff, around two aspects: the style of play of the team and the profiles of the players, who must complement each other. It’s essential work with a lot of issues, which must lead to our ability to put the individual at the service of the collective with a very strong game identity. That’s why it’s It is very, very important that everyone can think together and work in the same direction for the good conduct of the project”.

A way for Pablo Longoria to calm things down, while Jorge Sampaoli was announced to be leaving this week, in particular because of the Marseille transfer window.

to summarize

While the Olympique de Marseille transfer window got off to a slow start, Pablo Longoria spoke about the appointment of Javier Ribalta as director of football, and his relationship with Jorge Sampaoli.

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