Matteo Guendouzi says joining Marseille was the best choice he could have made, and he believes they’re on track for big things.

Referee Irfan Peljto and Marseille s Matteo Guendouzi speak during the Europa League soccer match between Lokomotiv Moscow and Olympique de Marseille, in Moscow, Russia. Ramil Sitdikov / Sputnik Russia Soccer Europa League Lokomotiv - Marseille
Referee Irfan Peljto and Marseille’s Matteo Guendouzi speak during the Europa League soccer match between Lokomotiv Moscow and Olympique de Marseille, in Moscow, Russia. Ramil Sitdikov / Sputnik

Over four months into his loan spell with Marseille, there’s no doubt that Matteo Guendouzi is enjoying his time back in France.

The 22-year-old has a couple of goals for Marseille already, which is as many or more than he managed at Arsenal, FC Lorient, or Hertha BSC.

He also has three league assists, a career-high total for him. His more advanced role in the Marseille team is certainly helping the goals and assists.

More importantly, his tally of 17 appearances is a very high one for this stage of the season. He’s played a part in every game of Marseille’s Ligue 1 and Europa League campaigns to this point.

That regular football has pushed Guendouzi into the French national team squad, and he made a brief cameo debut during the November international break.

So it will come as little surprise that Guendouzi thinks he made a good choice joining Marseille.

“From the first conversation I had with Sampaoli and the president, Longoria, I knew this was the club that was made for me,” Guendouzi told Telefoot (via Sport Witness).

“I knew it was this club, this project, and I think it’s the best choice I could have made in a long time.

“I know that if continue this way, we’re going to be able to do very nice things and I’m fully confident, I know that we’ll qualify for the Champions League next season.”

Matteo Guendouzi OM FOOTBALL : OM vs Rennes - Ligue 1 - 19/09/2021 MAO/Panoramic
Matteo Guendouzi OM FOOTBALL: OM vs Rennes – Ligue 1 – 19/09/2021 MAO / Panoramic

At the time of writing, Marseille are just outside the Champions League places, having fallen behind Lens and OGC Nice with three draws in their last four games.

There’s also a huge gap to the top, with PSG 10 points clear of the chasing pack. But with only goal difference separating Marseille and a Champions League spot, it’s certainly a realistic target.

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