Kevin Strootman has explained that Rudi Garcia played a large role in why he decided to leave Roma for Marseille this summer. 

It came as a surprise to many when the 28-year-old decided to leave Rome for Marseille in a €25 million move just a few days before the transfer window shut.

Speaking to VI, Strootman explained his reason’s behind the move, “The presence of trainer Rudi Garcia played a role. I know him from my time at AS Roma, and he wanted me.

“The club did everything to get me and the trainer also called me several times with the message that they needed me. That gave me a good feeling and I now try to live up to that trust. The first experiences are positive. Yet you can only draw the real conclusion, I think, over a while, if you have played below this resistance over a longer period of time.

“A new adventure has also started for me with Marseille. Of course, it takes some getting used to after five years of Rome. I come into contact with another culture and a different competition. In Italy it is much more tactical, in France it is much more physical. They go two hundred kilometres per hour and they just keep doing that the whole match. In Italy, it is more to choose the moments as a team to strike. That is a big difference and I notice every game. “

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