Expected to return to Arsenal at the end of the season, Nuno Tavares gave a hint about his future at Marseille this week.
A short season and then leaving? That’s the fate of Portuguese left-back Nuno Tavares, loaned without an option to buy by Arsenal to Olympique de Marseille. Despite arriving last summer, he has convinced the Marseille leaders with his performances. Present in 25 of the first 28 Ligue 1 matches, and a starter in all 6 Champions League games, Nuno Tavares is living a fairytale in Marseille. At least, that’s what it seems.
On Sunday, the newspaper Team cooled the enthusiasm of the OM supporters. While earlier in the week, the Marseille coach Igor Tudor had announced that he had expelled a player from training for lack of involvement, without revealing the identity, the source reveals that it was indeed Nuno Tavares. This information should reignite rumors about his future, although Marseille would not be against the idea of keeping him for another season.
Nuno Tavares and Igor Tudor, a relationship that is becoming tense at OM.
Beyond a negative signal for a contract extension in Marseille, Nuno Tavares may have alienated his coach this week. However, he should not be excluded from the group given his importance to the team. Especially as other senior players have recently fallen out with Igor Tudor, such as the right-back Jonathan Clauss, according to Team.
In midfield, Matteo Guendouzi may not have a big place in Tudor‘s heart according to journalist Stéphane Guy, despite scoring the equalizer against Montpellier (1-1) on Friday. Relations are becoming strained at Marseille and this may not improve with the latest results. OM is still second in Ligue 1, but has seen RC Lens draw level after their victory over Stade Rennais (0-1) on Saturday.