The file is sensitive. Cherished by Olympic fans who believe he is promised a bright future, Bamba Dieng (22) has been missing from the pitch since the training camp in England and hasn’t played in any of the last three friendlies although he appeared in top form. during the first two. This letting go calls. His adviser, Seydou Bocar Seck, agreed to take the floor to provence to take stock of the African champion.
How do you analyze Bamba’s situation today?
Seydou Bocar Seck: I won’t say it’s complicated, but it’s weird. During the off-season, I received a classic call from the club asking me what Bamba was planning to do. We told them that his project was long-term at OM, that he wanted to stay and that he wasn’t going to leave now. We told them that he was focused on the 2022-23 season, the Champions League and the next World Cup with Senegal. They said it was fine and we moved on. Bamba continued to prepare. He was injured (victim of a torn thigh, he had not played the last game against Strasbourg, May 21, editor’s note). The diagnosis of the club’s medical service said that he would have it for two or three months and that it was quite serious. He made the decision to sacrifice his vacation. Although he was not called up, he chose to join the team to intensify his care. He cut three or four days and then resumed with a course of physical conditioning and re-athletics. Which means he was immediately 100% available.
He came to rest in the first preparation match against Marignane-Gignac-Côte Bleue (4-1), scoring three times. He also played the second part of the second match against Norwich (0-3), then he was no longer used by Igor Tudor. How do you judge this dismissal?
I’m not going to talk about being out, the coach makes the necessary decisions for the team at time T. The player, meanwhile, adapts. Later it becomes clear that for Bamba the only place for him is on the field.
What is Bamba’s position?
His position is to listen, he expects communication from the club. If the player is not good enough, as indicated by his new status in the hierarchy according to the coach, we expect them to call and say clearly: “Listen, we think that’s not enough for us, please find something else.” From then on, we would know what to do. The other alternative could be a misfit. But it is a hypothesis to discard… It has shown enough things so that we do not think that. Summer preparation is over. OM’s record is five goals scored. It took three. With reduced playing time, he still finished top scorer. He is frustrated but also positively moved by the messages of support he receives. Many people do not understand the treatment that he reserves for him. This confirms his choice and the path he has decided to take, which is to stay at the club, constantly improve his performance and make the people of Marseille proud and happy. We know that the fans are quite demanding. He understood that people can be tough, even if his first season was pretty satisfying, because they believe in him. He wants to return it. If the problem is purely sporting, if there is something wrong, the minimum, especially for a young player in progress, is to go to him and tell him: “There’s such and such a thing you miss. Work on it”.
We still have the impression that OM wants above all to put pressure on him to accept the idea of an exit…
We do not know anything. For his part, his decision is made. He wants to stay. OM is his club. He intends to return to the fans all the positive energy that he receives through good performances on the pitch.
Bamba’s contract is until 2024. Have there been talks for a possible extension?
No never. There was a fairly cordial phone conversation during pre-season where the club asked us what we wanted to do this season. We told them that Bamba’s future was in OM and that it wasn’t about leaving at the moment. Other than that, there is no talk of a possible extension.
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