French top flight club Marseille signed Doria from Brazilian outfit Botafogo on deadline day of the summer transfer window in 2014, when Bielsa was in charge.


The Brazilian defender has revealed that the Marseille management completed his signing without the approval of Bielsa, who was appointed at the helm in May that year.



Doria went on to explain how the Argentine tactician refused to play him to prove to then Marseille president Labrune that he did not need the defender.


The 26-year-old pointed out how he was caught in the conflict between the Marseille supremo and Bielsa, who went on to leave the club the following year.



I arrived on the last day of the transfer window“, Doria was quoted as saying by Mexican outlet SoyFutbol.


Bielsa did not count on me and got angry with the president because they signed me without consulting him.



I was in the middle of a war between them.


So Bielsa wouldn’t play me to prove to him that he didn’t need me.


Doria also lifted the lid on Bielsa naming him on the bench on few occasions only for him to not feature and end up playing for the reserves the following day.


Sometimes he would name me on the bench, but I didn’t care and the next day I would travel four hours on the road to play with the reserves“, the Brazilian said.


Today it makes me laugh, but that helped me to gain experience.


Doria currently plies his trade for Mexican outfit Santos Laguna, while Bielsa is in charge of Premier League club Leeds.