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Gignac hints at Italy move

Ligue 1's joint top-scorer Andre-Pierre Gignac says he plans to leave Marseille in the summer when his contract runs out - and is keen on a move to Inter Milan.

The France international has scored 11 goals this season, level with Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette, helping Marseille top the table ahead of Paris St Germain.

I think I will leave at the end of the season. I want to know if (coach Marcelo) Bielsa will stay, but I want a big challenge. I will consider all proposals carefully.

Inter are an institution and (Roberto) Mancini is a great coach. I would be great. I live for football and watch all the major leagues. I admire the tactical culture of Italy. And I have also played against Sampdoria at the Marassi - the fans made a big impression on me.

– Andre-Pierre Gignac speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport


O'M fallout with council

Marseille will not play their opening home game of the Ligue 1 season at the Stade Velodrome after a fallout with the local authorities.

OM have failed to reach an agreement with officials in Marseille over rent on the stadium and the opening home fixture against Montpellier on August 17 will now be played at the Stade de la Mosson.

Valbuena's off...

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Mathieu Valbuena has been linked with Liverpool and Arsenal. Credit: PA

Mathieu Valbuena's agent says that, while nothing is set, has been "contact with certain clubs in different European leagues".

Speculation has linked Valbuena with Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool and Serie A pair Fiorentina and Napoli as well as Valencia of the Spanish Primera Division.

Fernandao killed in helicopter crash

Former Marseille striker Fernandao has been killed in a helicopter crash, Brazilian club Internacional announced.

The 36-year-old was travelling with four other people, all of whom were killed when the helicopter came down en route to Goiania after taking off from his home in the city of Aruana.

O'M bring in Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa was previously Athletic Bilbao coach. Credit: PA

Marseille have appointed Argentinian Marcelo Bielsa as the club's new head coach.

The long-expected announcement follows weeks of discussions between Marseille officials and the 58-year-old, whose last club was Athletic Bilbao.

Read: Top transfer rumours


Bielsa set for Marseille gig

Marcelo Bielsa was previously Athletic Bilbao coach. Credit: PA

Marseille are moving closer to finalising the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as their new coach for next season.

The Argentinian, who most recently managed Spanish side Athletic Bilbao and has led both Chile and his home country to World Cups, was linked with the upcoming vacancy last week and club president Vincent Labrune has announced that a deal has now been agreed "in principle".

Read: Man United set to sack Moyes

Gerets plays down Marseille return rumours

Belgian Eric Gerets has played down suggestions he could return to Marseille for a second spell as head coach.

The 59-year-old was a popular figure at the Stade Velodrome during his first stint, which ran from September 2007 to May 2009.

This flame between Marseille and I hasn't got any weaker, but I stop you straight away: today there is nothing concrete between 'OM' and myself.

Nobody at OM or in the name of OM has contacted me. I am under contract with Lekhwiya until June 2015 and my future isn't a worry.

– Eric Gerets speaking to France Football magazine
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