Olympique Marseille midfielder Gianelli Imbula has oficially confirmed his transfer to FC Porto.
The 23-year-old player moves to Portugal for €20 million. The French team was forced to sell a player as a result of a very difficult financial situation of the club. Imbula joined Olimpique from Guingamp for €7.5 million. During his stay in Marseille player almost three times increased its value.
Gianelli Imbula told new club’s official website :
“I am delighted to have signed for Porto,”
“The sporting project here seduced me.
“This is a club who have won many European trophies in their history, they have a great team and hopefully it will be even better with my contribution.
“I talked to the coach Julen Lopetegui two or three times and he convinced me to come. He told me who the team’s style of play suits my qualities. I’m so glad to be here and I want to win many titles here.
“Porto is not known to throw money at young players so no one can say I came here because of money. I came here, instead, because of the trust placed in me by the coach and the club.
“Leaving Marseille to come here feels like a step up in my career and hopefully I can fulfil all the expectations Porto have about my future.”
During the last few weeks, the biggest European clubs have reported their interest in the player. Valencia, AC Milan, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Tottenham and Southampton were looking forward to sign the midfielder. However, quite unexpectedly footballer chose FC Porto.