Ligue 1 boss angry at missing out on new Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton signings

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Marseille boss Marcelo Bielsa is upset at missing out on late Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton additions.

Former Chile manager Marcelo Bielsa's appointment as Marseille boss garnered plenty of headline, with the French side hoping his tactical nous can help them become challengers again.

Put in the shade by big spending PSG and Monaco last year, the boss who took Athletic Bilbao to a Europa League Final, has brought with him lofty expectations.

So he is rightly frustrated at being limited in the transfer market, regarding two potential late additions that the club could not prevent signing for Premier League sides.

"No player has come here under my decision. [...] We wanted Stambouli or Alderweireld," he is quoted by L'Avenir.

Defensive midfielder Benjami Stambouli sealed a late switch from Montpellier to Tottenham Hotspur for around £5 million, while defender Toby Alderweireld left Atletico Madrid on loan to sign with Southampton.

There was not much Marseille could have done regarding the now Tottenham man, with it reported by La Provence that he snubbed the chance to switch Ligue 1 sides, worried they wanted to play him in defence, and was enthused by the interest from North London.

Bielsa is certainly not happy however, adding: "The President made me promises that he knew were untenable. I learned the sale of Lucas Mendes at the last moment while I learned of purchasing Doria on Monday afternoon when he arrived to do the medical examination.

"I proposed twelve options and none has materialized. We had to recruit urgently as we wanted or Stambouli Alderweireld."

Marseille sit fourth after four games with two wins, a loss and a draw, but the tension between club and ownership is palpable.

"I came here and I will carry out my responsibilities. But I repeat: the original project does not correspond to reality."

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