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Giannelli Imbula: “I feel blacklisted”

In an interview with Canal Football Club last weekend, FC Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula spoke about his recent move from Marseille and his lack of a call-up to the French national team.

On Porto…

Things are going really well. Portugal is a wonderful country, Porto is a nice town. It is a big club. I don’t speak Portuguese no, I took lessons but it is not easy. I have stopped now.

On being Porto’s most expensive player…

No (he does not feel as if he is being treated differently as a result), not at all. In any case, I don’t feel those things at the club. Aside from that, the prices, we the players do not negotiate those.

On EURO 2016…

Yes I want to play this tournament.

On Lassana Diarra…

Of course he is an impressive player, notably in terms of gathering the ball again. Lassana Diarra is Lassana Diarra, everybody knows who he is. I watched him against Lyon and he was doing Lassana Diarra.

On playing for Belgium…

It is not a choice that I can make. What I have to do is play well for Porto. After that, if I am chosen to play for either of the two national teams (France or Belgium), I will have a choice, but I do not have a personal choice to make. They are two big teams. I think that they want me (Belgium), yes. But they have not come to see me personally. So I cannot tell you. I am not against a call-up with Belgium. It is a decision I will have to make with lots of reflection and thought.

On feeling blacklisted for France…

Yes I feel a bit blacklisted, but I don’t what the coach Deschamps or other people think. But personally, as you say, I feel a bit blacklisted. I would like to play for France… I said that I felt a bit blacklisted, that is it. I don’t know what that means, you are the one who said those words.

On Marseille…

At the start, it was good, after, it was a bit sullied by the whole Sagnol story. Then I was watching most of the time on the bench and then when Bielsa came in he believed in me, so I could show what I was capable to do.

On Real Madrid…

It is not a dream, no. La Liga? No it is not a dream. A dream is something you have when you go to bed… I have personal aims, but I don’t necessarily have dreams in football.



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