Marseille is not for sale and Longoria is staying


He Olympique de Marseille It is still not for sale and Pablo Longoria He will continue as its sports director, he assured Frank McCourt, the American owner of the club, in Le Figaro and La Provence, in two interviews given this Tuesday during a short visit to the city. “The club is not for sale, I am here for a long time, I am very involved,” said the 70-year-old businessman, who has led the club since 2016.

“Pablo (Longoria) and I talked again today about the next steps of the club, about the investments that will come. No, the club is not for sale. I am fully involved. At this point, the question of a possible sale is ridiculous” he added about the recurring sale rumors. “I have invested more than 600 million dollars in the club. I think this is true proof of my commitment,” he continued.

“The foundations are now solid and we are in a position to build a project on them. We are one of the top twenty clubs in Europe in terms of revenue generated, but we need to improve, especially in infrastructure, and create more revenue. The training center needs investment,” said the American businessman. Regarding Longoria, McCourt thinks that (Pablo) “is doing a great job. He will be there for years to come, he assured me. We are here, together, to continue building, building, building (.. .), ” he repeated , despite the fact that the club only finished in eighth place in Ligue 1 and will not play in the European Cup next season.

“I understand the disappointment of the fans. Sport is emotion and passion. On the other hand, there are limits that should not be exceeded,” he insisted, in reference to the high tension and threats made by some fans in September, which caused the departure of Spanish coach Marcelino and two other club directors.

Source: La Verdad


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