Appreciated by Jorge Sampaoli, Steve Mandanda is not however guaranteed to have a starting place from next season. The French world champion, under contract until 2024, is however not hostile to the arrival of a competitor.
Payet, Thauvin, and this time Mandanda. The future of OM executives is often featured in the program of press conferences by Jorge Sampaoli, who admits being in a phase of “evaluation” with his players. Extended last August, 36-year-old Steve Mandanda is under contract until June 2024. Argentina coach and president Pablo Longoria are counting on him for next season and the seasons to come, with the prospect for the goalkeeper. ‘Olympique de Marseille to then have a reconversion within the club, as was negotiated during his renewal.
“Because of his personality, his career at the club and his leadership, we would obviously like him to continue at the club, to stay with us. He has to give us an option for this position. It would be good. that we can include it in the project, “said Jorge Sampaoli on Thursday at a press conference. The Argentinian technician’s response is not categorical about Steve Mandanda, future number 1 or not. His answer actually suggests the possibility that OM recruit as a goalkeeper to compete with the captain, at least.
Accept the transition with a new goalkeeper, while remaining efficient
And it is no longer a secret: OM is already looking for a No. 1 bis, who would revive competition and emulation with the world champion. The latter knows it, and has also accepted the idea of seeing a new guardian arrive. He will also be able to accompany him and participate in this transition, while having his say for an incumbent position, because “Il Fenomeno” is not the type to give up.
Those who know him well even think that the arrival of a competitor, in a healthy atmosphere, could boost him to remain even more competitive. Steve Mandanda has proven in the past that he knows how to bounce back, in the face of criticism, competition or a delicate season, as was the case in the summer of 2019.
It is also this same state of mind that drives the player at the moment as part of the France team. Steve Mandanda’s objective is to remain very successful at the end of the club season, as he was recently in Montpellier, in order to remain the No. 2 goalkeeper for the Blues, ahead of Mike Maignan. Mandanda’s competitive spirit is not about to end.