He did not shirk his responsibilities. Agile on the ball, Olivier Ntcham is also agile when it comes to speaking. Presented this Tuesday 9 February for the first time in front of the Marseille press, the new OM midfielder has shown that he does not need anyone to defend himself… and to attack.
Asked by the journalists present on the controversy linked to his arrival and to the words of André Villas-Boas which provoked the dismissal of the coach, the former international Espoirs said he was “surprised at the words” of the Portuguese coach . And the native of Longjumeau, who celebrates his 25th birthday this Tuesday, explained the reason. “It surprised me a lot, because when I finished the Euro with the Espoirs (in 2019), OM wanted me, Andoni Zubizarreta ( Editor’s note: the former sports director of OM ) contacted my entourage, explains Olivier Ntcham in a relaxed manner. So when I hear that afterwards, it makes me funny. It ( Editor’s note: Villas-Boas ) knew me well, he knew about it. “
The player, on loan from Celtic Glasgow, even slipped a little confidence, after a short break, which seems to shed new light on Villas-Boas’ reaction. “His personal agent wanted to work with me,” continues Ntcham. He even asked for an exclusive mandate for Marseille, but I did not accept. I think that subsequently caused what happened. It surprised me a lot, but afterwards, I disregarded this story because I am especially happy to come to Marseille. For nothing in the world I would have refused to come here. It was not done before for agent stories, but I knew how to be positive. “
“Marseille cannot be refused”
For the record André Villas-Boas explained at a press conference on February 2, the day after the end of the transfer window, regret not having been informed of the player’s signature and confided that he had even opposed his coming . The Portuguese had even tendered his resignation before being fired by the club.
Despite the electrical context at the club and internal tensions, the player, yet a PSG fan in his youth as a Ile-de-France, does not regret his choice. “In any case I would have doubted coming here, he says. Whether the situation is good or bad, Marseille cannot be refused. It’s like when Barça or Real call you, you don’t say no. For me as a French, Marseille is still Marseille. “
Obviously not affected by this controversy – “I was very well received by the whole group” -, Ntcham could make his debut in the Marseille jersey this Wednesday in the Coupe de France on the lawn of Auxerre. He has just completed his compulsory septain period.
Article original de: www.leparisien.fr