|Org||France National Team|
|Club as Player||Juventus|
2017 02 25 Retrieve
[Blaise Matuidi tells that Andres Iniesta believes Matuidi’s team-mate Marco Verratti will be his successor in midfield in the future] I do remember one moment when I said something to Andres Iniesta. When Marco Verratti was on the ground, I told Iniesta ‘that is your successor.’ He agreed and replied ‘yes.’ That is my opinion. Iniesta is an extraordinary player. He is ageing but he is still capable of great things. We are lucky to have [Iniesta’s] heir in Marco. That is the message I passed on to him
2018 11 15 Retrieve
[Blaise Matuidi after hearing the story of [N’Golo Kante](n-golo-kante.html) refusal to be paid under an offshore tax haven] I didn’t really follow this story, but I’m not surprised because it is N’Golo. He’s perfect, he doesn’t cheat. Just a bit when he plays cards
2018 11 17 Retrieve
[Blaise Matuidi discusses teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe’s star persona] It is his personality. It’s the player he is. He is a great player; he is very talented. Every great player has a great personality. I’ve known that with Zlatan. I see that with Cristiano. Messi is also like that. Kylian will be a great player. He is already. He is doing big things. It’s good; we need players like him. So, I encourage him to stay like that
2019 06 06 Retrieve
[Blaise Matuidi declared himself really happy at Juventus and confirmed talks over a new deal are ongoing] I am really happy at Juve. We never know what can happen in football but in the meantime, I am happy - my family, too. Regarding my contract, I let my agent deal with it. So far, he has always done well. I do not know why it would suddenly change. I am not worried. I talk to [Mino Raiola] and everything is going well. Regarding the rest he will talk when the time is right. He’s the one who can talk about [his suspension]. It doesn’t prevent us from talking together. We’ll find the best solution.
[Blaise Matuidi is keen to take the positives out of 2018-19] It was a season that was quite positive even if we wanted to go further in the Champions League. It went quite well for me. I played almost every game. I didn’t have any big injuries so I’m quite happy with my season. Obviously there were some ups and down but overall it was a good season
2019 06 08 Retrieve
[Blaise Matuidi has called Cristiano Ronaldo’s work ethic inspirational] After the World Cup I did not have time to play around, because if I had played around someone else would have taken my place. The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, seeing him work on a daily basis, I can tell you that it does not leave you the choice either. He’s won everything. You say to yourself that when you have won everything, the backlash will come and you will ask yourself ‘what more can I earn?’ Not him! He always wants to go higher. In training he always wants to win everything, he is not happy when he loses and I want to ensure you that it is not fake.
[Tanguy Ndombele started the game in midfield, and Matuidi says competition for places in the engine room has helped to spur him on] I can say without pretension that I knew how to make myself indispensable, but that’s work. I worked, I hung on, and I needed that - to feel in danger. It’s part of me pushing my limits today. Today, I’m happy. When I started at Troyes, to be honest, if I had been told that I would reach 80 caps, a World Cup, a Euro final [in 2016, when France lost to Ronaldo’s Portugal] and that I would have played in major European finals, I would have signed right away
: 2019 07 21 Blaise Matuidi told he can leave Juventus amid Monaco interest
2019 09 05 Retrieve
[Blaise Matuidi has called upon Serie A to take action to combat racism after Inter forward Romelu Lukaku became the latest player to face abusive discrimination] Racism in Italy? I already had this problem. There was the Lukaku problem. It was also in the same stadium. I think there must be some measures [taken]. It has no place in football. And in all sports even - and even in life. We don’t like to see that. This is not a good example for the young people, for our children. We will do everything so that it is no longer the case, even if it is difficult because it concerns a minority. But this minority of people has no place in the stadiums. We have bodies that are there to make decisions and I think it’s up to them to make the right decisions
[Matuidi was heavily tipped to make a move to Paris Saint-Germain during the transfer window] I always declared that I was comfortable at Juventus, one of the best clubs in the world. Paris will always have a place in my heart. I have supported PSG since I was a child and wearing their jersey was a dream. But now I’m proud to be at Juve
We are lucky to have a huge pool, with a lot of high-quality players. There are important players who are absent, but there are others who are there and who have proved for their club that they can bring a lot. We have great confidence in this group and we are able to win despite absences. [The absentees] should not be an excuse. We have 23 players and must be successful and win these two games, especially at home. When we wear the jersey of the French team, we always play to win
2019 09 20 Retrieve
[Blaise Matuidi has insisted he never considered leaving Juventus during the transfer window] You were convinced that I’d leave in the summer, but I never considered this opportunity. I work every day for the team and I’m only thinking about what happens on the pitch. Juve are a great team and they give me so much confidence
[Both Atletico Madrid goals came from set-pieces and Matuidi admitted his side have to cope better with dead-ball deliveries] We had a good game against Atletico, creating lots of chances. We only have a small problem with set-pieces and we’re working hard to prevent it from happening again. I should’ve done more to put off [Hector] Herrera for 2-2, so we all still have a lot to learn
2019 12 20 Retrieve
[Juventus’ Matuidi calls on white players to condemn racism and says walking off pitch isn’t right answer] It’s stupidity, these people have no place in a football stadium. I tell myself that this is not the right solution. I have thought about it, but I do not think it is necessarily the right thing to do. It would be a defeat, doing that would be like saying that they won. I will tell you what I really think: I think it would be good if a strong statement came from a person who is not of colour. It would be more striking. It would be great. We must all be aware of this scourge
[He was part of the PSG team which lost 6-1 to Barcelona in March 2017, throwing away a 4-0 first-leg lead in the Champions League last 16] The worst moment of my career? No, that was at Euro 2016, but it was hard. At that time, in the locker room, I said to myself: ‘It’s not possible, I don’t want to play football anymore!’. I was ashamed of myself. But that’s football and I had some great moments in Paris. I keep wonderful memories and the supporters and people who love the club, I think they have a good memory of Blaise Matuidi.
2020 02 24 Retrieve
[Matuidi confirms he will remain at Juventus amid Lyon links] I will stay here, my contract included a clause for an additional year in option and the club has decided to exercise it. I am very happy to continue another season here. I never had any doubts because I felt the trust of all parties. It is certain that I am getting old and in this choice, I also think of my family who love Turin
2020 04 01 Retrieve
[Matuidi had previously announced via Instagram that he had tested positive for the virus, although he had not shown any symptoms] I am an asymptomatic carrier of the virus, aware that I have the privilege of being a professional footballer and therefore benefit from regular and excellent health monitoring. If I had not been, perhaps I would never have known I was. I am positive, I am strong, my morale is as high as that of my family. I am positive, I am strong, morale is good. We will collectively emerge stronger from this test.
2020 04 15 Retrieve
[Juventus stars Rugani and Matuidi recover from coronavirus] Rugani and Matuidi underwent, as per protocol, a double-check with diagnostic tests (swabs) for the coronavirus. The tests came back with negative results. The players have, therefore, recovered and are no longer subjected to the home isolation regime
2020 04 27 Retrieve
[Blaise Matuidi became the second Juventus player to test positive for the virus] I am positive, I am strong. Morale is good
2020 04 27b Retrieve
[Blaise Matuidi on Coronavirus symptoms] I am an asymptomatic carrier of the virus, aware of the privilege of being a professional footballer and as such benefit from regular and excellent medical monitoring. If it weren’t, I probably never would have known
2020 05 03 Retrieve
[Blaise Matuidi says Coronavirus quarantine made me ‘psychotic’] We’re in good health. As you know I unfortunately got coronavirus. Honestly, I was panicking. Total Panic. When they came to me and said: ‘You’re positive’, I was speechless. I was mad at the doctor, I said: ‘Is he joking? Why would he tell me such a thing?’ I couldn’t feel anything! It was tough for my mum because she was far away. You see the parents, but I knew how to reassure them. Some people are not that lucky. It’s complicated. It’s a delicate time for us. We hope that health comes first. I just hope the coronavirus fades. It’s not an easy moment because you’re afraid for your family. I’ll tell you the truth. It’s hard. It’s really hard. When I tested positive, I couldn’t even go out shopping. It made me psychotic. You always try to make sure people aren’t too close, you have to be mentally strong. It’ll take time, this is a new situation for all of us. I had no symptoms but, as soon as I heard the news, I was in shock. I was in total panic, I feared for my family and friends. It was difficult for them, but I was able to reassure them. It’s not a good time, we really want this to end as soon as possible. I ask myself what will happen to football and everyday life. It’s something very unique. We have to live it. I’m asking myself questions. What will happen with football? In our everyday life? It’s not easy!