Jordan Veretout: “I definitely wanted to leave, even though Mourinho wanted me to stay”

Jordan Veretout left Roma to join Marseille in exchange for a transfer fee of around €11 million plus €4.5 million in potential bonuses in the 2022 summer transfer window.

While giving an interview to Goal Italia, Veretout shed light on his transfer to the Ligue 1 club, admitting that he needed a “change of air”, even though Roma manager Jose Mourinho wanted the midfielder to stay in the Italian capital. He said:

“I spent three seasons at Roma, two and a half of them at a very high level. I was very happy and I was good on the field. Then the last six months were complicated, Mourinho rotated, had other players available and also lowered Mkhitaryan. It’s always difficult when you go from a starter to a substitute. I had to change that as well. I am 29 years old and I want to play football. 

He continued:

“When Marseille came to present their project to me, I definitely wanted to leave even though Mourinho wanted me to stay, but he understood my choice to leave, to go back to France, also for my family.”

Since moving back to France, Veretout has made ten appearances, including eight for a team currently occupying the second spot in the Ligue 1 points table.

GIFN | Jyotirmoy Halder


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