Speaking as he exited the Marseille training centre on Tuesday afternoon, manager André Villas Boas responded to a fan filming him on his smartphone about why he is leaving the club.
“I want to thank all of the supporters for their support. It was a magical year and a half, I am taking a lot of wonderful memories. It is a shame that things are ending in this way, but it is like that. I really liked it here, you have a very special love for your club, I have learned to love the club in the same way as you and I have always defended it.”