EXCLUSIVE: Romain Alessandrini’s & Sofiane Boufal’s agent speaks to GFFN

Speaking exclusively to Get French Football News, football agent and director at agency Sport Profile Yvan Le Mée, who manages the interests notably of Lille’s Sofiane Boufal and Marseille’s Romain Alessandrini met with our reporter Antoine Kornprobst to discuss the futures of both individuals.

When asked about his project with Sofiane Boufal, he told GFFN that he wants him “to properly shine at Lille”. Then, everything will depend on the “club’s progression”.

He admitted that Lille’s continental competition status will be key, hinting that the Champions League in the near future is a priority: “the club and the player must grow up together, otherwise a time will come when we have to make decisions”. In a nutshell, Boufal intends to stay at Lille to progress as long as the club can continue to offer him a good project.

Yvan Le Mée sung his client’s praises: “he has the potential and is still young enough to be able play in the most prestigious leagues but he must get used to Ligue 1 first, impress in terms of statistics, improve tactically and become physically fitter first”. Even if his agent says he is not mature enough as a player yet, he points out that “LOSC is the perfect club to prepare him for a higher level”.

Of course, next season is important but not decisive. “He would confirm his abilities if he scores 10 goals and 10 assists next season, but if he doesn’t, no one will see it as failure as he is only 22″ at the moment, “a transfer to a bigger club is not at the top of the agenda”.

Almost a year to the day, Romain Alessandrini was signing a 4 year deal with Olympique de Marseille. His agent told us that Alessandrini “cannot be happier right now as he has managed to settle himself into the starting XI after a difficult start”. Le Mée also added that OM have “been more convinced by Romain Alessandrini’s performances” recently. 

The agent explained that the numerous departures from the Marseille team will “put an end to the strong competition” that Alessandrini encountered last year, as Payet, Gignac and Ayew all depart.

While the player’s representative said that Alessandrini “cannot be upset by what is happening at the club because Romain Alessandrini can finally take what he deserves, that is to say become a key player at the Vélodrome and help the fans forget those that have departed”, Le Mee also admitted. 

Romain Alessandrini was signing his 4-year-contract deal with Olympique de Marseille exactly one year ago at the time of writing. If “he can not be happier right-now as he managed to settle in the starting eleven after some difficult debuts”, OM managers “have also been convinced by Romain Alessandrini’s performances” told us Yvan Le Mée.

Moreover, he explained that the numerous departures will “put an end to the strong competition for places” he encountered last year, as Payet, Gignac and Ayew left a huge gap behind them.

Although he “can not be upset by what is happening at the club as Romain Alessandrini can finally take what he deserves, that is to say to become the flagship at the Vélodrome and help to forget those who have left”, he admits he feels a little bit “concerned for Olympique de Marseille’s future” as the club obviously lacks established players.

Everything looks set for Alessandrini to have a great season. “He is in great physical and mental shape, and Marcelo Bielsa believes in him a lot. He literally has a path in front of him so I expect a great season for him with the Euro 2016 in sight.”

Can he Alessandrini really realistically envisage a place in the France squad? “The door would be closed if France were winning every match by three goals, but when we look at the recent results…

What makes it such a strong possibility for Alessandrini to be part of the France group is “his capacity to play well both on the left and on the right wing, to make good crosses and strong physical prowess.”, whereas his main competitor Antoine Griezmann “has had physical weaknesses in international games” and Fékir “is not really a winger”, Le Mee said.

When we asked about Marseille’s difficulties in terms of keeping players like Gignac or Ayew, who have had strong ties with Olympique de Marseille since their childhood, the agent in question remained vague when Alessandrini’s future was at stake in our conversation. “This can be the same debate as for Gignac – nothing should happen if the club manage to qualify for the Champions League with Alessandrini playing a great season.

He has “no reason to leave as long as he has not played three full seasons at Marseille, played in the Champions League and scored at Parc des Princes against PSG”.

Antoine Kornprobst

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