Jonathan Clauss expects to stay at Marseille

Olympique de Marseille full-back Jonathan Clauss (31) has announced that he expects to stay with Les Phocéens next season, barring unexpected movement in the summer transfer window. 

Jonathan Clauss staying put in France’s second city

Speaking to Le Journal du Dimanche, the former RC Lens man looked back on his team’s season and a mixed campaign on a personal level,  an indifferent Ligue 1 campaign (Marseille are currently 8th) counterbalanced by a brilliant UEFA Europa League campaign, with a semi-final second leg against Serie A outfit Atalanta in Bergamo to come this Thursday after a 1-1 draw at the Vélodrome in the first leg. 

The up and down nature of the club’s season has been personified by Clauss, with a great start tempered by injuries and a subsequent loss of form that led to public criticism from club president Pablo Longoria, followed by an upturn in fortunes under current coach Jean-Louis Gasset: 

” It has been the most difficult and the most passionate season at the same time. Coaches changing, not getting results.. of course, it’s hard to deal with, but it’s a great challenge to adapt to and to try to perform in this context.”

So where does this leave the French full-back? 

“I still have one year on my contract. In my opinion, there is a strong chance that you’ll see me again in Marseille, unless there is a particularly eventful summer. But that’s still a long way away.”

For now, Clauss’s focus will be on staking a claim to be included in Didier Deschamps’ squad for EURO 2024, with the coach’s squad list to be announced next week and the tournament itself kicking off in just five weeks. 

GFFN | Jack McArdle

 

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