Maxime Lopez, the former OM midfielder, spoke with his Sassuolo teammate Gianluca Scamacca, courted by PSG. He jokingly advised him against joining the enemy club Marseille while understanding his interest.
PSG’s interest in Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca (23) did not escape former Marseillais Maxime Lopez (24). In an interview with La Provence on Sunday, the midfielder who permanently joined the Italian club in the summer of 2021 discussed Paris with his teammate… advising him not to sign there. A joke, he says in La Provence, to recall the rivalry between the two clubs.
“Who am I to advise him against it?”
“When the news came out, I wrote to him, explains Lopez in the newspaper. I advised him not to go there, laughing! Who am I to advise him against it? dream too much. But for a player like Gianluca who is rising, it makes you dream to think that he may be playing with Mbappé, Neymar and Messi. He must ask himself the question. In January, he told me that he would prefer to stay in Italy. Between the club’s players, the means, the comfort, many foreigners dream of going to Paris.”
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Scamacca, Italian international (7 caps), has scored 16 goals in 34 league games this season. According to some media, Paris have made an offer of 35 million euros for the striker, still under contract until 2026.
Lopez is coming out of a new full season with the Italian club (37 games, 2 goals, 2 assists) which he joined on loan in 2020, before being transferred for two million euros in 2021. Under contract until 2025, he too is wondering about his future. “Honestly, I ask myself this question, he admits. I am fulfilled in Sassuolo, I speak Italian, it changes everything for everyday life. I feel like in Marseille. Is it the right time? I don’t know We’ll see. A lot of clubs are making their interest known. Sassuolo is in demand, he likes to make capital gains. We’ll see what I have. Regarding the clubs you mention (Roma, Lazio, Fiorentina, editor’s note), there is nothing serious or concrete. When there is concrete, I will sit down to think about it.”