Ruslan Malinovskyi, Marseille
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Malinovskyi joined Marseille for 'attacking football' and 'Champions League'

Malinovskyi joined Marseille for 'attacking football' and 'Champions League'

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Publish on 03/16 at 07:15 - S. TELFORD

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Ruslan Malinovskyi is loving life with Olympique de Marseille following his January arrival on loan from Atalanta.

The Ukraine international has quickly become a key player in Igor Tudor's squad, helping fire Marseille to second in the table behind Paris Saint-Germain with an average of five shot-creating actions per game.

 

OM have an option to make the 29-year-old midfielder's loan permanent at the end of the current campaign - something the player hopes the club will take up.

 

Malinovskyi: OM wanted Champions League return

 

"It's not easy to change countries, everything's different," Malinovskyi told La Provence. "I spoke with everyone, asked for advice, but I saw straight away that the team's strong and ambitious. We wanted to return to the Champions League and win something. For that you have to give everything and work hard every day.

 

"The football here's not totally different to what I experiences in Bergamo. I like our style of play - it's also one of the reasons why I joined. We play dynamic, pressing football. The ball travels. The team's constantly attacking."

 

Marseille - who play Stade de Reims in Sunday's late kick-off - remain well on course for a second consecutive assault on the UEFA Champions League with a five-point cushion on fourth-placed AS Monaco.

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