On loan with an option to buy from Atalanta Bergamo, Ruslan Malinovskyi made his debut on Wednesday with Olympique de Marseille in Troyes.
Olympique de Marseille’s first winter recruit, Ruslan Malinovskyi played his first match with the Bouches-du-Rhône club yesterday. Landed on the Canebière during this month of January from the Italians of Atalanta Bergamo, through a loan until the end of this season with a purchase option of 10 million euros excluding bonus , the Ukrainian attacking midfielder honored his first minutes on the lawn of Troyes (2-0), in a meeting counting for the 18th day of Ligue 1.
“I tried to help the team”
Substitute at kick-off, the 29-year-old was invited by Croatian coach Igor Tudor to take the place of Issa Kaboré in the 67th minute. Twenty minutes that will have allowed the new resident of the French championship to familiarize himself with his new colors, without being decisive. In the mixed zone, the Marseille number 18 – chosen by the leaders to compensate for the transfer to Flamengo of the Brazilian attacking midfielder Gerson – gave his impressions of his first appearance, in remarks transcribed by Provence.
“It’s okay, it’s an important victory tonight. I’m happy to have played my first minutes and to experience my first success with Marseille. I think it’s just the beginning, I still need to work but I’m disappointed with this yellow card because there is no foul, but I tried to help the team , there was 2-0 we had to keep the result. So I tried to defend and help my circles.” The neo-Marseille obviously does not want to stop there and counts “give the best” and “working for the team and doing better.” Before concluding by reassuring about his condition: “I’m fine, we worked hard in December in Italy during the preparation, the physical condition will not be a problem for me.”