Bouchet defends l'OM deals
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marseille chairman Christophe Bouchet has explained the club's transfer activity throughout the winter transfer window - including the departures of Daniel van Buyten and Dmitry Sychev.
L'OM officials have come in for a lot of criticism for several questionable transfers during January, but chairman Bouchet has come out to defend the club's decisions.
Van Buyten was the major departure from Stade Velodrome as he joined Manchester City on loan, but he is unlikely to return.
"You can only evaluate a Mercato considering the results. Then, we did our best with the present circumstances," insisted Bouchet.
"About Daniel van Buyten, there is a sporting and financial logic in his departure.
"We saw he was declining. I am sure he was not affected by the Runje case, but rather by the Frank Leboeuf departure or the elimination of Belgium from Euro 2004.
"He is able to come back to his best level in England. In the future, we will try to rely on the Drogba-Barthez backbone.
"We will try to make them stay."
Bouchet also said that the club had to sell Sychev (pictured) in order to bring in Laurent Batlles from Bastia, and that he tried desperately to sign Daniel Moreira but Lens stood firm and refused.
"Without the departure of Dmitry Sychev, we could not hire Laurent Batlles.
"Sychev aimed at Euro 2004 and we got a proposition you can't refuse. The case was settled quickly.
"We wanted Daniel Moreira, to play as a right midfielder. Moroever he can play as a forward and that could have helped us in the present period.
"I called Lens chairman Gervais Martel several times, but his final reply was negative."