Celtic loan deal row leads furious Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas to QUIT

Andre Villas-Boas has sensationally quit the French club – over a deal to sign Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham.

Olympique de Marseille's Portuguese coach Andre Villas Boas (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images)
Olympique de Marseille's Portuguese coach Andre Villas Boas (Photo by CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP via Getty Images)

The wantaway Frenchman completed a loan deal back to his homeland on transfer deadline day – despite a travel hitch and being unable to catch a flight to the south of France.

However the drama continued a day later with Portuguese boss Villas-Boas offering his resignation. He claims he did not want to sign Ntcham but club officials recruited the 24-year-old from Celtic Park anyway. The former Chelsea and Spurs manager learned of his new player – and the departure of another – via the media.

Speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Lens, he raged: “We finished the transfer window with a player we signed. It is a decision which is not taken by me, I have nothing to do with it, I learned it this morning by the press. He is a player for whom I said no. I submitted my resignation because of it.”

Olivier Ntcham in action during the Scottish Premiership match between Dundee Utd and Celtic at Tannadice, on August 22, 2020, in Dundee, Scotland.(Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)

Ntcham was also interesting Newcastle, and had been seeking an exit from Parkhead “for a long period of time” according to Neil Lennon.

However it seems he will not be linking up with Villas-Boas who also took issue with the departure of midfielder Nemanja Radonjic on loan to Hertha Berlin.

“I don't want any money from OM and Frank, I just want to leave because of a difference in point of view on sports policy. I cannot accept this. The management has not answered me yet.

"Even on the departure of Nemanja, I was informed only in the evening.”

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