Invited to a press conference this Friday, Valentin Rongier spoke about the situation of attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet, with an uncertain future with Olympique de Marseille.
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Rarely at the party this season, Dimitri Payet found a smile last weekend on the occasion of the arrival of the red lantern Angers (3-1), counting for the 35th day of Ligue 1. Established by Igor Tudor, an event , the French attacking midfielder distinguished himself by signing Marseille’s second goal in the 48th minute of play, the 36-year-old’s fourth achievement of the season, since heavily suspended and whose trip to Lille scheduled for Saturday evening must constitute his last appearance in the group.
Will this match against LOSC be the last of the season or simply of the career of the former member of West Ham United? Present today in front of the media alongside the Croatian coach, midfielder Valentin Rongier says he is convinced that his illustrious teammate, under contract until June 2024, is not yet ready to put away his crampons for good.
“He never implied that”
“It will be difficult to do without Dim. He is very important for us. We are here and we will not let go if we have the feeling that he is not well. Trust us. We will be with him to cheer him up and be with him. Even if I were in on the secret, I wouldn’t tell you. For me, in his head, he’s not ready to quit yet. I could be wrong. Maybe he will make a decision this summer. He never implied that. He’s a competitor. He still brings us. It would be sad not to have Dim with us anymore. For the moment, there is no question of it.”
With the jersey of Olympique de Marseille, where a retraining awaits him once his professional career is over, the native of Saint-Pierre played 326 games in all competitions, for 78 goals and 95 assists.