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Leonardo Balerdi wants Dortmund to allow him to join Marseille this summer

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, 22-year-old Argentine central defender Leonardo Balerdi confirmed his desire to remain at Marseille past the length of his initial loan from Dortmund, which comes to an end this summer.

“The arrival of Jorge Sampaoli was favourable for me in terms of playing time. I am looking for this consistency. It allows me to have much more confidence. Stay at the club? We have begun to talk about it. I am thinking about it a bit but I am calm. I am very happy at Marseille, in the club but also in the city. I feel as if I am in Argentina. What I want, is to stay. But it also depends on Dortmund and Marseille. We will speak about it again, but I would like to stay. I think that Boca Juniors are the biggest club in Argentina and the same thing for Marseille in France. There is more pressure on these clubs and the players have to meet that expectation.”

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