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OM: Sergio Conceição has made his decision

Following the Portuguese Cup final won by FC Porto against Sporting CP (2-1), the coach of the Dragões made it known that he has made his choice for his future.

What will Sergio Conceição do? At 49 years old, the Portuguese coach has just won another Portuguese Cup with FC Porto. His fourth with FCP, his third in a row. But will this trophy be the eleventh and final one lifted by the former FC Nantes coach with the Portista club? The question arises. On April 25th, the coach of the Dragões extended his contract until 2028. Does this put an end to the departure rumors?

Not really, as the end of the reign of the iconic president Pinto Da Costa and the appointment of André Villas-Boas completely reshuffled the deck. Conceição is a coach stamped with Da Costa’s mark, and few saw him continuing his mission under AVB. Since then, Conceição’s name has been regularly linked with Olympique de Marseille, where Pablo Longoria is looking for a successor to Jean-Louis Gasset. Yesterday, after his team’s victory over Sporting CP (2-1), the Portuguese coach dropped a bombshell in the press conference.

Conceição is about to speak “I have made my decision. In my mind, my future is already decided. I will communicate it in the coming days,” he said, before continuing a few moments later. “During the press conference, I wanted to make it clear that the situation was well defined and that I had already made my decision. Will Villas-Boas convince me to stay? It’s not about convincing… It’s about looking at the future together and seeing it calmly, with the goal of uniting FC Porto. Everything that has been said outside of Olival (FCP’s training center) has not been easy to manage.”

Asked also about Conceição’s future, Villas-Boas quickly sidestepped the question. “We’ll see. Today (yesterday) is a day of celebration, so we’ll see later.” The suspense is coming to an end. And for Marseille fans who hope to see Conceição arrive on the Canebière, here’s what his entourage recently said. “Sergio respects the identity of OM. He appreciates the somewhat volcanic side of the club, quite similar to that of Porto. He continues to closely follow Ligue 1, a league of quality in his eyes.” Stay tuned.

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