Football – Mercato – OM
For his first reinforcement of the summer at OM, Pablo Longoria surprised everyone by bringing in Javier Ribalta. The latter does not come to expand the workforce of Jorge Sampaoli, but he integrates the organization chart of the Marseille club as director of football. While Longoria had until now full powers since his promotion as president, so here he is delegating to Ribalta. And the latter should be of great help to OM.
Now, at theOM, Pablo Longoria will be a little better surrounded. Indeed, in addition to wanting to renew the workforce of Jorge Sampaoli, the Marseille president also wants to change things internally. So that’s why he brought Javier Ribalta as director of football. ” Olympique de Marseille is pleased to announce the arrival of Javier Ribalta in its sports organization to continue the development of the club. He was appointed Director of Football “, explained in particular theOM in his press release. Here is now Ribalta on the Canebière, he who is however little known to the general public. Yet he already has a busy career as a manager.
A career in the four corners of Europe
At theOM, Javier Ribalta therefore offers himself a new challenge, which is far from being his first. Indeed, at 41, he was already very experienced. He notably worked with the AC Milan, Manchester United or even the Juventuswhere he met a certain… Pablo Longoria. Likewise, he also formalized at the Zenit St. Petersburg or at Parma as athletic director.
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A big help for Longoria
An experience that he will now put at the service of Pablo Longoria and from theOM. And for the Marseille president, Javier Ribalta will be of great help. For 20 minutes, Yvan Le Meewho knows him very well, said more about the reinforcement of theOM. ” He knows Longoria from before Juventus, when they met in Italy. At Juve, he worked under Fabio Paratici who appreciated him very much, as Longoria appreciates him. He’s a good choice for Marseille, it’s work, skill, network, seriousness, I think it’s a real added value for Marseille and a man of confidence for Longoria. And we know that in this environment you have to work with people in whom you have absolute confidence. (…) He is able to do as at Zenit and work on experienced players, but he knows how to find young talents, he has worked a lot with young people to develop. In Parma, he pointed to Ange-Yoan Bonny from Châteauroux, they signed him with FIFA compensation. Everything he told us in terms of playing time, they respected it. Parma is not nothing, but they made him play fifteen games this season when the player is only 18 years old. It allowed him to return to the France U19 team. They did a very good job with him, I was happy to have worked with them. (…) He is someone who is very much in demand. He is a humble person, who does not take himself for another. A worker, someone organized, who has a good feeling about football and the choices. He speaks four languages and has traveled to several countries. He won’t have any acclimatization problems in Marseille, even if we know that in Marseille, it’s special. Marseille takes skill and it will relieve Longoria. He has a good connection with players abroad, in Italy, Spain or South America, because of what the boy has already achieved in his professional world “, then assured Yvan Le Meeplayers’ agent.