The Argentine central defender's arrival was made official on Thursday morning in the first-ever press conference in Décines, with Jean-Michel Aulas, Bruno Genesio and Bernard Lacombe in attendance.
"I'd like to thank the whole club, the president and the coach for the warm welcome I received here. I'm very happy to join this great club and I will give my very best. I grew up with River Plate, winning trophies and having some great experiences. There were also some more complicated moments but I really wanted to come here to start a new chapter in my story. In Argentina, we watch a lot of European football. Watching OL in the Champions League made me want to sign. I love beautiful football and I don't want to be launching long balls forward. I want to learn French quickly and settle into the squad. I have a lot to learn but I cant' wait to start playing."
"The pleasure is two-fold today as we welcome Emmanuel here with the first-ever press conference in this new facility. He joins OL with a lot of ambition. He will wear the number four. He's a very young Argentine international, continuing the tradition at this club started by the likes of Rambert, Lisandro, Delgado… We hope Emmanuel will have a place in the hearts of OL fans like Licha did. He has had the good fortune of winning everything - or just about - with River Plate in Argentina."
"Florian Maurice had been watching him for some time. I saw his qualities while watching videos of a few of his performances. He fits the bill, with strong defensive capacities in the challenge but also the on-ball skills to play it out of defence. It's important to have players like him, who can get the ball out of defence quickly and create overlaps. He's a very talented young player and he has massive potential. Everyone at the club believes in him."
. Jean-Michel Aulas on OL's transfer activity.
Progress concerning Roger Martinez
"It's one transfer we're looking at, and there are others, but I would like to sign Martinez. There are some issues to iron out. We're in the process of fine-tuning our ideas and of course we need to maintain the team's balance. We imagined that a certain number of departures that haven't materialised. But this particular arrival would not need to be preceded by a departure."
Interest in Mathieu Valbuena?"We have been in discussions with several clubs in two different countries, notably Turkey. We are yet to discuss the offers with Valbuena. But there are offers."