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Cagliari: the setbacks of Kevin Strootman

Serie A red lantern with Cagliari, Kevin Strootman, on loan from Olympique de Marseille this summer, did not expect so many difficulties.

If the Olympique de Marseille of Jorge Sampaoli, current 5th in the Ligue 1 standings, intends to play the leading roles this season, Kevin Strootman (31), he lives a very different reality. The midfielder, loaned this season to Cagliari (with an additional year optional), will have to fight not to go down to Serie B. After a poor start to the year, the Sardinians are dead last in the Serie A standings, with only 3 small points taken in 7 days. The international Oranje (46 caps, 3 goals), has played 5 of these league matches (and one in the Italian Cup). Without being able to really influence the course of events.

During an interview with the Corriere dello Sport, the Rotterdam native did not hide. “Fighting not to go down is almost another sport. Now, I don’t play for the title anymore, I don’t even think about it anymore, this is the reality that I learned at Genoa, I have to show it here in Cagliari too ”, he assumed, hoping to honor his reputation as a washerwoman (washing machine, nickname given by a certain Rudi Gardia in the time of AS Roma). “Seven years have passed, but I hope to play at this level so that I am still called that”.

The attentive OM …

Despite the difficulties, the Batavian, author of a good first half of 2021 on loan at Genoa (18 matches), does not regret his choice. “Everyone welcomed me very well”, he appreciated, assuring that he will soon be at his best level. “I know I have to give more. I had some thigh problems after a stroke, but now I’m fine and working hard. Before, it was a bit difficult to work with close matches, but now there is more time to be able to do better ”.

OM obviously follows its performances closely. His contract still runs until June 2023 and the Phocaeans assume 70% of his salary this season, according to the statements of the president of Cagliari Tommaso Giulini, namely € 380,000 gross per month. At this price, the Marseillais cross their fingers that Kevin Strootman and Cagliari wake up, so as not to have to manage this heavy file again in a few months …

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