This is the end of this presentation to the press. Place for official photos.
Next OM match: In Brest, Sunday evening August 14 at 8:45 p.m.
On the situation of Caleta-Car
Longoria explains that there must be no club at the end of the contract. “Olympique de Marseille will not have a player at the end of their contract, it is very clear in the club’s policy and we have spoken with the player and his representatives.”
How many players to sell by the end of the transfer window?
Giving a precise figure is complicated, that will be the job by the end of the transfer window. But our goal is 22 players, two players per position.
On the conditions for the second year
The conditions are that everyone is happy with the situation. Alexis he came here to be competitive, to win. That’s everyone’s goal. I consider the most important thing is that we have Alexis.
On the negotiations
“It’s team work and patience. I thank them for their patience because sometimes I can be heavy, days with a lot of phone calls. We were already talking about it a little last year, but especially in June when Jaier Ribalta came in. It was a slow process but with a lot of patience between all the people here (Alexis Sanchez and his agent).
We now move on to questions in Longoria
And it starts with a wink.
on expectations in Marseille
I like the pressure, that things are difficult. It has always been the case in my career. It allowed me to learn how to manage all that and deal with this pressure.
Cheick Bamba Dieng big fan of Alexis Sanchez
“It’s very nice to have a player who looks up to you, if I can I would train with him.”
What will be his first steps in Marseille?
First of all looking for a house to be comfortable and happy with my family. If we want to win, we have to be happy, not only me but also my family and my dogs.
What made you choose Marseille?
“It’s a personal challenge for me. I’ve played in Italy, Spain, England and now in France.” He also says that Lucien Agoumé, Inter player, got his head around OM and that the idea started to gain ground.
On the reception yesterday at the airport
“Very surprised and very happy with the welcome, I still haven’t managed to have my feet on the ground after this welcome.”
Did he choose OM for the Champions League?
“Playing in the Champions League is something very beautiful. I try to fight for titles everywhere I go. Inter hadn’t won for 11 years when I arrived. Here it’s a bit the same. There is a very good squad, very good leaders and we will do our best for that.”
What does he know of Marseilles?
“I was told that OM had a great history, the biggest French club. It’s a challenge for me to come and win here, when I come here it’s to win titles.”
What is his ideal position?
“My position is more on the right or on the left behind a striker but I can also adapt.”
Sanchez’s turn to speak, let’s talk about his physical level
“Physically I feel good, I trained in Talie, with Inter. There are still a few small details to settle, in particular touching the ball a little more and finding the rhythm. I’m very happy with what happened yesterday, from this welcome, I hope to be able to give them all that back on the pitch.”
Alexis Sanchez is there, he is presented by Pablo Longoria.
“Thank you for keeping your word and for believing in the project”, begins Pablo Longoria. “We have always said that a project is with players to develop, functional players in different positions, but when we have the possibility” to make a player with such international experience, 70 European matches, 140 selections and 19 trophies, that’s something we wanted to do. Alexis Sanchez, he embodies everything we need, a player who can play in different positions and who allows us to have a leap in level, change the dimension in the squad.”
Only a few minutes left until Sanchez’s presentation
It should be a little quieter than last night at the airport.
Hello and welcome to the presentation of Alexis Sanchez
It’s a big blow for the Olympian attack, with a view to the Champions League, but it’s also a bet, because Alexis Sanchez is coming out of a complicated period at Inter Milan. He will also have to be part of the Olympian collective, even if it means jostling a few well-established stars, but that, his trainer Igor Tudor has already started to do. Start of his presentation at 4.30 p.m., to follow live with commentary on RMC Sport.