Florian Thauvin set for Marseille stay?

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Having become the face of Olympique Marseille alongside Dmitri Payet, Florian Thauvin is the face of the biggest club in France. He’s also the star player of the team that he supported since he was a child. Why, then, would he want to leave?

With Marseille back in the UEFA Champions League, too, the rumours of an exit that were so strong this summer appear to be fading away. Last summer, he was heavily linked with a raft of top clubs across Europe before suffering a serious injury in a pre-season friendly against Glasgow Rangers. Reports that Thauvin, who has a year left on his deal, would be available for less than £20m – far less than his actual value.

However, despite links back to English football with either Aston Villa or Leicester City, Thauvin was non-committal. Speaking to Maxifoot, Thauvin said: “Am I going to stay a Marseille player this season? Yes, I’ve already answered that question,

“The most important thing for me is to play football – that’s the thing I love the most. I’ve been injured for a long time. I want to have a great season, return to my best level.”

For OM, the hope would be that they can sign up their top player to a new long-term deal. With the club in poor financial position, though, it might require a trimming of the squad to bring in the funds needed to keep their marquee player up front.

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