Liverpool, Leeds snuffed as £36m winger pledges allegiance to employers

Date published: Monday 29th March 2021 6:58 - Isaac Johnson

Highly sought-after Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos will not be leaving the club this summer, much to the disappointment of Leeds United and Liverpool fans.

The 26-year-old had been linked with a reunion with Marcelo Bielsa, whom he played under at Marseille six years ago. Liverpool were also linked with the Argentine, who has scored seven times in 24 games this season.

The former Monaco and AC Milan player has recently dissolved any suggestion that he will move away from Spain this summer.

Speaking to Canal Sur Radio (via Goal) the £36million-rated attacker said: “I’m focusing on the present and I don’t look further ahead of the things that I cannot control.

 

 

“I love this city [Seville] and what has happened in the past two years. I hope it continues.

I’m very happy here and I’m not thinking of playing anywhere else than here.”

Ocampos seemed to aim a swipe at his former clubs too, saying Sevilla have helped him improve further, unlike his formers employers.

He added: “I’m very grateful to the club because they gave me confidence and allowed me to grow in certain facets of my game, which other clubs had not.”

Ocampos played 15 games under Bielsa’s stewardship at Marseille in 2015.


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The wide-man said he enjoyed his time under Bielsa, underlining how he helped progress his playing style.

“He taught me to distance myself (positionally),” he told TyC Sports (via Get French Football News) last year.

“He was like the professor in La Casa de Papel (a famous Spanish television show).”

Ocampos described what happened on his debut for Marseille under his senior countryman.

We were coming to the end of the first-half, we were losing 1-0,” he said.

“He called me, he told me that I was going to come on and after 10 minutes on the pitch. I scored a goal.

“He substituted me off a little while later in the match, I was surprised. He then explained the reasons why to me and I understood.”

Ocampos went on to play 132 times for the Ligue 1 club, netting 27 goals and claiming 15 assists.

He has racked up 80 appearances for current employers Sevilla since his transfer two summers ago.

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