At 36 years old and despite a contract running until 2024, Steve Mandanda is running towards retirement. Pablo Longoria and OM are already thinking about the succession of their Goalkeeper. Present at a press conference, the president of the Marseille club spoke about the subject.
OM : Longoria confirms the search for a new Goalkeeper
After appointing Jorge Sampaoli to replace Andre Villas-Boas last February, Pablo Longoria wants to build a competitive OM team for next season. And one of the major projects of the boss of Olympique Marseille for the next summer mercato is the search for a Goalkeeper to relieve and replace Steve Mandanda. A desire confirmed Wednesday by Pablo Longoria in front of journalists.
“Next season, Steve (Mandanda) is still under contract. Simon (Ngapandouetnbu) too. Our intention is to look for another Goalkeeper on the market,” said the Spanish manager. The Marseille leaders are therefore looking for a replacement for Mandanda, who intends to continue his career. In this perspective, many names have already been cited by the media in France and abroad.
Who will succeed Mandanda at OM?
The German media Sport1 revealed a few weeks ago that Olympique Marseille has inquired about the situation of Alexander Nübel, understudy of Manuel Neuer at Bayern Munich. At 24 years old, the German Goalkeeper can’t stand being on the bench anymore and wants to find his happiness elsewhere. If his agent has recently confirmed this desire of his protégé to leave, OM is not alone in this matter since AS Monaco is also targeting the former Schalke 04 Goalkeeper.
In France, the club from Marseille is also mentioned for Alban Lafont. Now permanently transferred by FC Nantes, the former Fiorentina Goalkeeper could be one of the hot files of Olympique de Marseille.