USMNT forward Konrad de la Fuente is temporarily leaving Marseille in an effort to find more regular playing time ahead of the World Cup. The French club announced on Saturday that De la Fuente is leaving on loan and will spend the 2022/23 season with Greek side Olympiacos.
The deal doesn’t include an option or obligation to buy, meaning that Marseille still believes de la Fuente has a future at Velodrome Stadium.
De la Fuente joined Marseille ahead of the 2021-22 season from Barcelona after failing to crack the first team of the La Liga giants. The deal was worth around €3 million and included Barca getting rights for 50 percent of profits from the player’s next transfer. The American ended up playing 23 games and scoring one goal for Ligue 1 side before going down with a knee injury.
The 21-year-old player is now hoping to have a bounce-back campaign in Greece that would allow him to get a spot on the United States men’s national team for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. De la Fuente made his international debut in 2022 and has since played three games. His last appearance came for the USMNT came in September 2021 when he was a late substitute during a 1:1 draw with Canada in World Cup qualifications.