After the announcement of his signing at Stade Rennais, Steve Mandanda wanted to address OM supporters in a long message posted on Instagram this Wednesday. “With a heavy heart”, the French international goalkeeper goes “proud” of the history written on the Canebière.
El Phenomeno couldn’t leave like that. Shortly after the formalization of his departure from OM and that of his arrival at Stade Rennais, this Wednesday, the French international goalkeeper (37 years old, 34 selections) published a long farewell message to Marseille supporters on Instagram . With a heavy heart but with the feeling of accomplishment.
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“After 15 wonderful years spent fully living my passion by your side, the time has come for me to leave. A page is turned today, but each moment will remain forever engraved in my heart and in my memory. I am leaving proud”, writes the man with 613 official matches with Olympique de Marseille.
“OM is my home, my family, my heart club, the club that allowed me to become the man I am today, he continues. has always made people vibrate. Your unconditional love for OM and football has only created unique and unforgettable atmospheres. Supporters, club employees, to all those I did not have time to greet before leaving , I just want to say thank you. Thank you for being with me through the good times and the tough times. Olympians, this story is ours and it will never end.”
The beautiful tribute of Villas-Boas
Thauvin, Strootman, André Ayew… Many players who rubbed shoulders with him on the Canebière wanted to send him a quick note under his publication. Villas-Boas, his coach between 2019 and 2021, notably paid him a strong tribute. “The fastest I’ve seen between the posts, describes the Portuguese technician. Magnificent stops, I would even say impossible stops. You have always been an inspiration to me also as a man.”
This Wednesday, Stade Rennais formalized the signing of the French goalkeeper for the next two seasons. This operation is done without transfer compensation, the Marseille president Pablo Longoria having agreed to graciously release his captain for services rendered to OM.