While Olympique de Marseille are having a very convincing start to the season on the domestic scene with a second-place finish just behind ogre Paris Saint-Germain, one player is proving particularly advantageous in OM’s midfield. Jordan Veretout, signed for €11m from AS Roma during the latest transfer window, has become an important fixture in Marseille’s midfield rotation, with Matteo Guendouzi and Valentin Rongier in particular. Didier Deschamps was not indifferent to his latest performances by selecting him with the France team for the last international matches prior to the World Cup in Qatar.
The 29-year-old also confided in an interview to goal about his current form and his ambitions with the Blues. While his start to the season looks satisfactory for his Marseille coach Igor Tudor, as for the France national team coach, the Marseille midfielder is still hoping to show what he is truly capable of, as during his time in Italy. “I think I am here especially in relation to my past and my two very good seasons in Italy. With Marseille I had good games, but they were not the best games. I still have to pass this course because there is a lot of competition in the French team and in Marseille as well. first entrusted to the Habs.
The French international (five caps) is still not entirely satisfied with his performances at Olympique de Marseille, but he is aware of his room for improvement and, above all, a fierce desire to assume responsibilities with his new club. “I want to take on more responsibility. Knowing how to break the lines like I know how to do it, project myself a little more offensively as well. […] I think we do a lot of work in the middle, but we also have to try to find those forward passes to put our attackers in a good position. During the last L1 match, I made the pass to Matteo (Guendouzi, editor’s note). I am also capable of making decisive passes, scoring goals. This is where I have to raise my game level. He confessed to our colleagues, with a good dose of self-criticism and perspective on his performance.
In any case, Jordan Veretout feels in his place in the French group: “I am on an upward slope. Physically, I feel better and better. Well, I’m here, but I’m not here to be shy, I’m here to loosen the horses. I have my orientations in more here. The goal is to free myself and play my football. » In fact, he even keeps the World Cup in the back of his mind. “The World Cup? It’s in the back of my mind, but I have to do more, because right now it’s not bad but it’s not enough. There are two months left for this competition and I want to give everything to be there.” insisted on calling the Marseille midfielder. A good omen for Olympique de Marseille as for the Blues a few weeks before the most prestigious of international competitions.