Steve Mandanda took advantage of the holidays to decompress and think about his future. After a season where he had a bad experience of his downgrading in favor of Pau Lopez, Il Fenomeno refuses to experience the same situation. Especially since he proved at the end of last season, when Jorge Sampaoli needed him and his leadership, that he had lost none of his brilliance, especially in the Conference League. Linked to OM until 2024, he has already spoken with Igor Tudor, the new coach whose arrival was made official on Monday.
No doubt he thought that the cards would be redistributed after the departure of Jorge Sampaoli. It does not take the path. “Over the past few days, there has been a lot of discussion with Steve about his position within the club.explained Pablo Longoria during the presentation of the Croatian technician, this Tuesday morning. We spoke clearly, we had sincere conversations about the model we want for goalkeepers. We want the same model as last season, with two good goalkeepers who are in competition.“
According to L’Equipe, Mandanda gave his verbal agreement to Rennes, which has been courting him for several weeks. On the side of OM, we assure that we do not want to retain a player against his will. In the entourage of the player, it is insisted that the discussions are still continuing. According to our information, the outcome is near. The final decision is to be made on Tuesday. “It’s 50-50“, believes a source familiar with the matter. Even if, at the Robert Louis-Dreyfus center, most people are not deluded and already imagine Mandanda in Rennes. Nice has also thought of him.