This rookie refused top names!

Jonathan Clauss continues to progress. Recruited in 2020 by RC Lens from Arminia Bielefeld then in the 2nd Bundesliga, the native of Strasbourg joined OM after a long media soap opera that kept many supporters in suspense.

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After a difficult start, the Olympian transfer window is finally accelerating! While for a long time the only Marseille “rookie” was Samuel Gigot then Isaak Touré on July 1, Olympique de Marseille signed no less than 4 recruits in the space of a week (Mbemba, Clauss, Blanco and Suarez).

Constant progress

Trained at Racing Club de Strasbourg, Jonathan Clauss was not retained by his managers and had to bounce back within the amateur club ASPV Strasbourg. In 2013, the young full-back joined Germany for two seasons before returning to France at Raon-l’Étape. After a single season in the Vosges, he joined Normandy and Avranches. It is within this club that Jonathan Clauss begins to stand out, especially in the Coupe de France. After good performances, he joined another Norman club, this time professional: Quevilly-Rouen Métropole.

At the Sang et Or, he discovers the professional world and, if he is not a notch or two above his partners, his performance with the seinomarins is good or even very good and Arminia Bielefeld, a German second division club recruits him.

After two good seasons where he notably scored 8 goalsJonathan Clauss leaves Germany again to find France but this time in the Pas-de-Calais since this time he joins the Sang et Or of Racing Club de Lens.

In two seasons with the Lensois, the right-back really exploded at the top level and displayed very high-level performances, also becoming one of the best full-backs in Ligue 1. His very good results with the northerners allow Jonathan Clauss to reach the Holy Grail and join the French team.

An expected transfer

The last two good seasons of the Lensois has put a spotlight on its best players like Seko Fofana, Cheick Doucouré (left for Crystal Palace) or even Jonathan Clauss.

The right side was in the heart of a media soap opera. The new French international has attracted the interest of many major European clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester United and Atletico de Madrid. Not being insensitive to the interest of the Blues as shown in his interview with RMC, Jonathan Clauss made a completely different choice.

The Strasbourg resident took the time to weigh the pros and cons among all the proposals available to him. If playing for a very big European club is an opportunity to seize, the right side is still aware of his situation. Being freshly international, his ambition is to stay in Didier Deschamps’ group and above all to play in the next World Cup. Therefore, if he were to join a European cador, there would have been little doubt that Jonathan Clauss would have been a substitute in a championship he does not know, an interesting bet but also and above all risky.

This is where the Olympique de Marseille opportunity proved to be a godsend. A mythical club playing in a championship he knows well, but also and above all a club which is playing in the next Champions League. Seeing a golden opportunity that may not come back for a side of almost 30 years, Jonathan Clauss did not hesitate for a second to reduce his salary in order to concretize his transfer.

Jonathan Clauss has already promised that he will give the best of himself in his new colors in order to achieve an excellent season.

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