On loan last season, Leonardo Balerdi (22) was officially transferred to OM, for around 8 million euros. On the club’s official website, the Argentine defender expresses his happiness in wearing the blue and white jersey.
On loan from Borussia Dortmund last season, Leonardo Balerdi quickly made a place for himself in Jorge Sampaoli’s team, after the latter’s arrival. The Argentine defender, who played 21 Ligue 1 games for 2 goals scored, absolutely wanted to join OM.
It is done since the club managed to keep him by agreeing with Borussia Dortmund for a transfer estimated at 8 million euros. In an interview on the club’s website, Leonardo Balerdi expressed his love for the Marseille club: “I am very happy to make a definitive commitment with OM. That’s what I wanted, so it’s perfect. I love the club. Everyone welcomed me with open arms. I love the stadium, the supporters, their passion. It reminds me of Argentina, Boca Juniors. “
Balerdi convinced by the confidence of Longoria and Sampaoli
Pablo Longoria, president of OM, is not idle at the start of the transfer window by building a competitive team for next season. It gives Jorge Sampaoli the means to have a good season both in the league and in the Europa League. And the young Argentine defender appreciates the ambition of the new president of OM, as well as the confidence of the coach.
“They trusted me from day one. Jorge Sampaoli, giving me the opportunity to play. It was very important. Pablo Longoria, always being positive, encouraging me to stay, telling me about the sporting project of the club. It was an easy decision because I knew they were both counting on me, “he said.
The Marseillais won against Martigues (3-0), a National 2 club, in their first preparation match. They will face Sète on Sunday. Leonardo Balerdi and his teammates will start the Ligue 1 season on the weekend of August 8, against Montpellier.