the nightmarish preparation of Bamba Dieng

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New season, new hopes. This is surely what Olympique de Marseille striker Bamba Dieng said to himself. The Senegalese international striker, released from reserve by Nasser Larguet in February 2021 for a Coupe de France match against Auxerre, has proven himself this season (17 starts, 1 assist, 8 goals in all competitions). He even started with the selection of the Teranga Lions, with whom he became African champion at the start of 2022.

However, nothing went as planned. Coming into play in the first pre-season match, which was also the first for new coach Igor Tudor, he scored a hat-trick against Marignane-Gignac-Cote-Bleu FC. Since ? A second half against Norwich, then nothing. Not a single minute of play. A situation that crunches of course by everyone, especially the supporters. After the confrontation against Betis Sevilla, Tudor explained some things: at the moment, unfortunately, and I’m sorry for that, we have five players for the way we play, since Dimitri is also a second striker. It’s hard to give him minutes. Sometimes it happens in football “.

Dieng’s entourage attends a club communication

A downgrade as fast as indicated inexplicable, knowing that he should go to sixth in the hierarchy in the event of the arrival of Alexis Sanchez. Finally, not so inexplicable as that. Bamba Dieng is one of the few players with a good market value. Pablo Longoria knows it, he will have to sell to finance his market and above all to reassure Frank McCourt, the majority shareholder of OM. It still looks like a sent message.

In the entourage of the management, it is explained that he is a player who has a contract and a value, that everything depends on the offers, but that it is not at all an obligation to sell him. On the player’s side, we stay on the same bases: he wants to continue what he started at OM (which was communicated by his agent on Monday). In his clan, we also regret the lack of communication since and during the one and only discussion that there was between the two parties this summer. Does the club count on him? Does he want to sell it? Is he less efficient in training? None of this came back to the ears of his relatives. Just like the possible contract extension that was discussed last December when it was upgraded. The 22-year-old striker could not have prepared his season less well…

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