om | OM: “The Marseillais will love Mbemba”, says Henri Saivet

Chancel Mbemba is a new OM player. Arrived free this summer after his time at FC Porto, the 27-year-old central defender will discover the boiling environment of Marseille. He is expected as an important player in the OM squad, who will put all his experience to good use.

Former Girondin Henri Saivet, who rubbed shoulders with Olympian number 99 during his time at Newcastle, talks about the qualities of the new OM defender. “He’s a rough defender. What I like about him is that we know he’s going to do his job. He’s a reliable and accomplished playerbelieves Henri Saivet, in comments reported by the official Ligue 1 website. He is not very tall (1.82m), but what he manages to do in the air is impressive! For having seen him by my side at Newcastle, he is formidable in duels, and that despite the high level of the Premier League. I think the people of Marseille will love him because he is very solid with a lot of impact. He also comes with a lot of experience: he played in the Champions League with Porto, where he was also Portuguese champion. He obviously played in the Premier League and he became a pillar of his selection (64 selections). It’s a very good arrival for OM with a ‘Champions League player’. At Newcastle, he was able to help out on the sides of the defense or even to evolve in front of the defense, but he is above all a central. He is complete, even with the ball at his feet.”

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