Mitroglou: “I was ready to leave Benfica”
In a recent interview, Kostas Mitroglou stated that he was ready to leave Benfica and is excited to play for his new club, Marseille.
On the final day of this summer’s transfer window, Kostas Mitroglou made a surprise move to Marseille from Portuguese champions Benfica. The Greek striker played at Benfica for two seasons and was a real “Killer” for the Eagles helping his side to back-to-back league titles. The terms of the agreement saw Marseille pay €15 million to Benfica for 50% of the player’s rights while Mitroglou will earn a whopping €12.8 million over the course of the four-year deal.
In a recent interview, Mitroglou stated that he was ready to leave Benfica and is excited to play at the Velodrome stadium with his new team. Below is Mitroglou’s full interview after signing with Marseille.
About his new home: “I know very well that the atmosphere in the Velodrome is heated. I have similar experiences in the past as Olympiacos and Benfica’s stadiums had intimidating environments. I can't wait for my first home match and I know I can overcome the pressure.
About his transfer from Benfica: “You will have to ask the people of Benfica about that, but to be honest, I wanted to leave the club. However, I was very happy during my stay in Lisbon.”
About the Ligue 1: “The French League was one of the reasons I said yes to Marseille, one of the best soccer clubs in France. The league is one of the best in Europe, with very good players. I am very happy that I will play in this league.
About his injury: “It is nothing serious, it is a small injury. I want to return as quick as possible to play at the highest level once again.”