Landed in the Premier League at the age of sixteen, Yan Valery has continued his progress at Southampton for five seasons. Now 22 years old, the right side of the Saints is open to a return to France. Already interested this winter, Olympique de Marseille is keeping an eye on the former Rennes player.
“I am very happy to sign my first professional contract with Southampton. It’s a very good club to progress, everyone helps me. I am very happy. I have already made a lot of progress, I benefit from the excellent facilities of the club ”, Yan Valery said after signing his first professional contract in February 2016 in Southampton. Gradually, the 22-year-old has established himself in the squad of the Saints. First with the U23 where after a few meetings, the right side is promoted to the first team.
And after being launched by his coach at the time Mark Hughes in the Carabao Cup against Leicester (0-1), the former Rennes player has his first professional game against Manchester United (2-2). Author of a goal for his baptism of fire, Valery repeats a week later against Tottenham (2-1). Performances that allowed him to do almost every game until the end of the 2019 season. “I want to start as many matches as possible before the end of the season. I also want to improve because I know that there are a lot of things that I can improve because I am a young player ”, declared the Franco-Tunisian.
OM, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Newcastle follow him
Currently on loan for the Birmingham club (Championship), Yan Valery has not been spared his last months. And for reasons, a few physical glitches slowed down its progress: “I was not helped between COVID and a disease (mononucleosis), which slowed my progress. But when you are a footballer, you have to face the good times as well as the most complicated moments ”. On his qualities, the native of Champigny-sur-Marne is not against a return to Ligue 1. “Now I have only one goal: to get back on track and why not come back to France. It is always an ambition to be able to reveal myself in my country. I will therefore be attentive to the opportunities, knowing that the sporting project will be the first criterion. I am still young and I want to play every weekend to continue to improve ” the interested party tells us.
And the player trained in Rennes has no shortage of suitors. According to our information, Pablo Longoria, always on the lookout for good deals, has seriously considered the possibility of recruiting the former French international U18 last January. The president of OM remains attentive to the performance of the player, and could position himself according to the departures in the Marseille workforce, starting with Hiroki Sakai. If the Olympian club wishes to exercise the option to purchase Lirola, the president does not rule out the possibility of recruiting a second quality right-back. Revelation of the Premier League two years ago, the elegant side has everything the ideal profile for Marseille. Athletic (1m84), fast, technical and sharp defensively, the 22-year-old ticks all the qualities that can bring value to the Marseille squad. Abroad, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Newcastle are following the case closely. One thing is certain. Yan Valery should not lack suitors, especially in a market that is sorely lacking in quality full-backs with great potential. Yan Valery’s robot portrait!