- Cédric Bakambu arrived in January from Beijing Guoan and was asked to leave Olympique de Marseille during the final summer transfer window. The Olympiakos striker has a bitter taste in his mouth and has a grudge against the club’s president, Pablo Longoria.
The adventure of Cedric Bakambu (31) at Olympique de Marseille has come to an end. The striker was recruited in January to provide Jorge Sampaoli with an additional solution in the attacking sector, but the arrival of the Beijing Guoan striker did not last long on the Canebière. The Congolese striker was invited by Pablo Longoria to look elsewhere eight months after moving to the city.
Bakambu did not want to leave
Interviewed by YouTube streamer Zack Nani, the Leopart spoke about the bitter split with the southern club. “They wanted money”. Except that when Pablo (Longoria) came to get me, he talks about two and a half years, it’s not for me to leave after six months. So I say: ‘No, I don’t really want to leave, I’m staying'”, revealed the man who joined the team in the summer of 2006. The player who joined Olympiakos at the end of August revealed.
The Vitry-sur-Seine native, who scored four goals in 12 Ligue 1 games last term, believes he deserved to play in the Champions League. “In addition, there is the Champions League project. I scored some important goals last season. I’m not going to play in the Champions League, I’m not going to play in the Champions League, I’m not going to play in the Champions League. I just said that I wanted to be part of the project, let me make my mark, it will work out well for me. The former Marseille man continued.
Une pression injuste de Longoria selon Bakambu
Bakambu, who was left out of the final list for the continental tournament, did not appreciate the methods of the Olympic president. “Except that he didn’t mean it that way. And as the offers came in… There was talk of €6-7m. He said to himself: ‘He doesn’t want to leave, we’re going to put pressure on him'”. It’s a good thing we’re not going to let him go,” said the former Sochaux and Villarreal centre-forward, who was pushed to the limit before the mercato closed.
“So they didn’t make me play any more, they put me on the left. I was playing left-back and right-back in training, but I’m a striker! The player who found the back of the net four times in nine games in Piraeus, said. The end of his adventure is all the more bitter given that he was released without any financial compensation and that his regular replacement, Luis Suarez, has virtually disappeared from the radar for several weeks.