Author of a remarkable first part of the season under the colors of Olympique de Marseille, Chancel Mbemba (28) has managed the feat of making William Saliba forget in the Marseille city.
Arrived free last summer at the end of his contract with FC Porto, the Congolese international has become in just a few months the real boss of this Marseille defense. A strong man in the locker room, Mbemba did not take long to gain the trust of his partners and the Marseille public. Igor Tudor is also very complimentary to each of his interventions about the central defender. In an interview given to Telefoot and broadcast this Sunday on TF1the main interested party went behind the scenes of his arrival at OM. “I take my phone and I see a French number. It’s the president of OM! I don’t believe it… He says to me: ‘I need you to come to Marseille’. I said: ‘No worries, I’m here. We made contact at 4:00 p.m., we took the tickets. In the morning, I take the plane. I said to my wife: ‘We’re going to Marseille baby “, remembered Mbemba. https://twitter.com/telefoot_TF1/status/1622180685833199618?cxt=HHwWhICzyaavkoMtAAAA
Voted best player of the first part of the season by OM fans, the Congolese now hopes that his love affair with OM will lead to the conquest of new trophies in his career. “We have players cut out to take titles. We say to ourselves: ‘why not us?’ But our main goal is to qualify for the Champions League.”, he tempered. Before the reception of OGC Nice this Sunday (2045) during the 22nd day of Ligue 1, OM are temporarily eight points behind PSG.
A nickname that makes the locker room laugh
Asked about his relationship with Igor Tudor, Mbemba revealed the little nickname given affectionately by his coach. “In training, when I go up and cross, the coach calls me Cafu: everyone laughs“he concluded.
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