Mandanda’s teammates and coach want him to stay

Updated: January 4, 2016

Beşiktaş target Steve Mandanda stopped 3 penalties last night as Olympique Marseille eliminated Caen from the French Cup. After the match Mandanda was praised for him impressive performance by his coach and teammates.

With only 6 months remaining on his contract the French international has been strongly linked with a transfer move away from the Stade Velodrome. Several English clubs including Newcastle, Aston Villa, Norwich and even Liverpool have been named but also the current Turkish Süper Lig leaders Beşiktaş are interested in the services of the 30 year old goalkeeper.

With a departure looming several of his teammates have openly come out to praise Mandanda and emphasize his importance to the team in the hope that he would remain at the club atleast until the end of the season.

Olympique Marseille coach Michel had the following to say about his goalkeeper: “He’s a great keeper and a great captain. He gave us the tranquility necessary to control and stopped three penalties. In his daily work, with his advice on and off the pitch, he shows his quality.”

“He has a fantastic personality. He‘s been here for eight years at Marseille. Tonight he showed again why we all think so highly of him.” said Lassane Diarra.

Midfielder Abdelaziz Barrada had the following to say: “We thank him for this qualification. He was welded, concentrated. And Steve then got us out of a complicated situation. We are proud of him, I hope he will stay until the end of the season. This is someone who makes us feel good, we know his qualities, it will be up to him to make his decision. I hope he will stay.

Will the praise from the press and his teammates convince Mandanda to stay atleast another 6 months at Marseille? Or will he move on this January?


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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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