Olympique de Marseille coach Andre Villa Boas said he will leave if he doesn’t get the means to make the team competitive in the Champions League.
Olympique de Marseille claimed a Champions League spot for the first time in seven years when they finished second in Ligue 1 as the season was ended with 10 games left due to the coronavirus outbreak. But that’s not enough for Villa Boas as his contract expires at the end of 2020-21 season.
“I don’t want to just make up the numbers in the Champions League. If we’re just here to make up the numbers, it’s obviously no (to stay at the club),” Villa told French radio RMC.
Villa Boas said he wanted to stay but that important structural conditions had to be met.
“The most important is whether the people who are with me, (sports director) Andoni (Zibizarreta) and (scouting director) Albert (Valentin) still have power to say no.
“We must have, and we want to have, the power to execute decisions.”
“I feel good in Marseille. When my agent calls me with Premier League proposals, I don’t want to go back. I am happy here. But if the conditions for us to do a proper job are not met, it’s not worth it.”
He added that keeping hold of key players was another crucial factor.
“I want to know where we’re going, what we can do, how much we can invest,” Villa said.
“We don’t have a big squad. We must think about the players whose contracts expire in 2021,” he added, referring to goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, midfielder Florian Thauvin and Maxime Lopez, defender Jordan Amavi and forward Valere Germain.
Marseille fell foul of UEFA’s financial fair-play rules last year and in March the club was at the risk of sanctions after failing to comply with a settlement.