After a flamboyant season with Racing Club de Lens, rewarded by his first selections for the French team (4 caps), the right side Jonathan Clauss leaves Artois for the Bouches-du-Rhône since he signed up this Wednesday with Olympique de Marseille for the next three seasons. A transfer assessed by The Team €7.5 million – payable over two years – plus bonuses estimated at €1.2 million to be paid out in 2025.
An arrival in the Marseille city which delights the native of Strasbourg: “An exceptional pride in joining a mythical French football club. An extraordinary pride and honor to be able to wear this jersey. OM represents French football, that’s very clear. I think that all over the world, when we talk about the French championship, we know OM, and we often talk about the championship with OM as a reference, so that’s what it means for me and for all the people who follow the French soccer.
“More impatient than me, it’s not possible”
In an interview with the club’s official media, the French international admitted to having been quickly convinced by the OM project: “In all aspects, the size of the club, the projects, there are so many things that have been put in place to make me want to join this club. For me, it made a lot of sense. (…) I especially exchanged with the president, who called me often. I recognized myself in his speech, we are similar in many aspects, it seemed normal to me. After his best career season (5 goals and 11 assists in 37 L1 matches), the former Sang et Or hopes to repeat his high level performance.
“My personal goal? To do at least as well as last season with Racing Club de Lens and at least as many selections for the France team. I’m in continuity, I’m here because I deserve it and because I have the qualities to do it. It’s up to me to show, but I know I can do anything to show it.” before mentioning his future participation in C1: “Of course I can’t wait to play in the Champions League, it was and still is the dream of a lifetime. More impatient than me, in my opinion, it is not possible.
Finally, the side trained at Racing Club de Strasbourg also returned to his career, having first started his career in the lower divisions. “A trajectory made of very low, with a lot of disappointment, rage, concern and tears. There were a few moments of happiness, but they were far too short. At some point, there was a realization that, through those around me, I managed to make the right choices. I started to evolve correctly, to take myself in hand while being well supported. I started to understand that football was a job, not just a pleasure, and that you have to put a lot of things on your side to believe in it. You have to work a lot, but above all you have to believe in it. Go Om !”