Eric Bailly’s first words

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Qualified for the 2022-2023 edition of the UEFA Champions League and placed in Group D, alongside Eintracht Frankfurt (GER), Tottenham (ANG) and Sporting Portugal (POR), Olympique de Marseille has well, in addition to Ligue 1, to appear at best on the European scene. To do this, Pablo Longoria and his staff have been carrying out an ambitious transfer window for several weeks. In addition to Samuel Gigot, recruited this winter, the Olympians have thus got their hands on Jonathan Clauss, Alexis Sanchez, Luis Suarez or Chancel Mbemba, to name but a few. Latest recruit? Éric Bailly (28), arrived from Manchester United.

“Olympique de Marseille today announces the signing of Éric Bailly. The 28-year-old Ivorian international defender signed up in the form of a loan with an option to buy after the success of his medical visit., specified, as such, the official statement of the Marseille club, proud to enlist a new defensive reinforcement, which is more at a time when Duje Caleta-Car, free in a year, no longer really enters the plans of the Marseille management. Questioned, for the first time, since his arrival on the Canebière, the Ivorian international (46 selections, 2 goals) could not hide his joy.

“A dream come true!”

“For me it is a great satisfaction to be in a historic club, a big club. That makes me very happy. I think that in the past we had legends who passed, when I speak of legends, I speak of home, there was Didier Drogba, Abdoulaye Meïté, Baky Koné, players who represented us with dignity and for me it is very important to succeed in this challenge. I know the requirements of this club and for me this pressure, I take it in the positive sense, because for me taking up the challenge will be the first thing to do. It’s a pleasure, it’s a dream come true”thus assured the kid from Bingerville before announcing the color.

“Given the project with the team and the players who are arriving, I think that OM deserve to win trophies, we deserve to win trophies and for me this challenge is to come and bring the little experience that I have and to see if there is the possibility of winning trophies with OM. OM today have very important ambitions with the Champions League, maybe the championship too and then there is also the Coupe de France.. Ready to win everything in the Olympian jersey, Bailly also spoke behind the scenes of his arrival in Marseille.

Éric Bailly wants to bring his experience!

“For Igor Tudor, the first satisfaction is to see me here, he called me, we talked a lot with the president and for me it is very important to see how important the coach gives you. And this already motivated me a lot to be at Olympique de Marseille.. On the knowledge of certain players in the locker room? “Yes it makes integration easier, especially Pau Lopez, whom I worked with for several years at Espanyol, I was in the academy with him, he called me often, asked me when I was going to arrive and here I also received Bakambu who came to Villarreal in 2015 and Alexis Sanchez not long ago to Manchester United. So yeah, I think I’m going to get a warm welcome here in the locker room, hopefully.”.

Confident and determined at the idea of ​​finding playing time in Marseille, the former Villarreal player, who wants to bring all his desire and experience, also spoke about the start of the season for the Olympian team. “With the new coach’s system, OM are on a good run, a draw, two wins, I think it’s a good start and now the most important thing is to watch the matches to come, Sunday against Nice and the next at the Velodrome. I was during the truce at the Vélodrome with Côte d’Ivoire, but there I know it will be different with all the OM supporters, I can’t wait to walk this pitch with all the supporters and this atmosphere. I hope we will have a good time.”recognized the new OM defender before sending an optimistic message to the supporters: “Éric is here to bring his experience, thank you for the welcome and I hope we will do good things this year”. That’s all the harm we can wish him.

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