It is with a smile from ear to ear that the now former Marseillais Gerson25, commented on his “return home”, from the “ninho do urubu” (“the vulture’s nest”, nickname of the Flamengo training center) which he found with undisguised pleasure, this Thursday.
“I had the possibility of staying in Europe, but no project was as ambitious as that of Flamengo. Here, we play every competition to win. We will try to do better than in 2019 (double Championship – Copa Libertadores, Club World Cup runners-up), it is our dream. Flamengo is a monster that always wants to win. It was easy to make that choice.”he explained in particular, alluding to the Club World Cup (early February), which is the main objective of the red and black club.
“My family wanted me to come back, too”
The former Marseillais, who inherited number 20 (to pay tribute to his friend Vinicius Jr), explained that he had doubts during the endless negotiations between OM and Flamengo. “It was a moment of anxiety. I always called Bruno (Spindel, the sporting director) to find out if it was going to happen. It made me nervous, my family wanted me home too, so I asked them every day if we were going to make it. He told me ”keep calm” and finally, it ended well. »
Asked about his time at Olympique de Marseille, the former protege of Jorge Sampaoli, repeated several times that he felt he had succeeded in his mission (61 matches, 13 goals). “I will not speak of frustration. I do not agree. I did good things there, I even had the best phase of my career (in terms of offensive participation). We qualified for the Champions League, I had a very good phase, but then I didn’t get on well with the new coach. (Igor Tudor) so I decided to follow another path”he swept before being revived on his disagreement with the Croatian technician.
“It’s very simple, it didn’t work between us, that’s all! There is not much to say. I’m not mad at him, these are things that happen in football. I’m happy to have made it through there, and even happier to be back.”he insisted, revealing the list of things he missed away from Rio: “I missed everything! My house, my family, the churrascos (barbecue)the sun and some things I can’t talk about”he concluded with a burst of laughter…