Mercato | Mercato – OM: A defender of Sampaoli justifies a strong choice for his future!

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Posted on November 20, 2021 at 2:10 pm by AM

On loan from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2020, Leonardo Balerdi reveals that he immediately hoped that OM would lift their purchase option.

In the summer of 2020, the OM got the loan from Leonardo Balerdi, who played little at Borussia Dortmund . First little used by André Villas-Boas , who favored the hinge composed by Duje Caleta-Car and Alvaro Gonzalez , the Argentine defender has took advantage of the arrival of Jorge Sampaoli on the Marseille bench last March to get much more playing time in the three-way defense. Therefore, Pablo Longoria did not hesitate to do everything to definitively transfer Leonardo Balerdi , and negotiating a discount on his purchase option, initially set at € 16M, since the OM spent 11M €. To the delight of the Argentine defender.

“From the first days, I wanted to stay”

“I really liked the city, the club too. From the start, I felt right at home. I had this feeling of belonging to OM from the first days. I told myself that if everything was going well, that I continued to show a beautiful face and that the club wanted to keep me, I knew I would be fine here. People gave me a lot of confidence. The supporters of course, but also my partners, everyone at the club. From the first days, I wanted to stay, ”confides Leonardo Balerdi in an interview with Foot Mercato.

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