Nicolas Nkoulou, Marseille defender, has urged Marcelo Bielsa to stay at the club and take the Ligue 1 club into next season. Currently Bielsa is already out of contract at Marseille, whom he joined on a one-year deal last summer. Marseille has missing out on Champions League qualification by finished in the fourth place. However the club’s demanding fans have made impassioned pleas for the coach to stay on.
Nkoulou told that the coach’s work last season, during which Marseille were top of the table at the halfway stage, before dropping away in the second half of the season, means he wants to keep the coach stay at the club in the dug-out.
“I think he should stay because in a year, he has been able to revolutionize the club,” the 25-year-old defender told the press. According to him, Marseille needs a coach like that to become a great institution. While as a matter of fact, the Cameroon international also admitted that he has enjoyed working with Bielza, personally. Bielza has given a lot his season and he is a “coach with really great abilities.”
While Nkoulou’s future is just as uncertain as his boss’. He missed three months of last season with a knee injury and has only a year left on his contract.
Previously, BIelsa had impressive spells with Athletic Bilbao, where he led them to the Champions League, and as national boss of Chile, his reputation is growing. While Mirror reported on Tuesday (26/5) that Bielsa had rejected interest from Serie A side Sampdoria, and was keen to succeed Sam Allardyce at West Ham United.
“I want to congratulate the French Ligue 1 for the league that they have here,” Bielsa said during his emotional speech to the press after the final game of the season. “I have managed great players here. Some of them are some of the best players I have had in my career.”