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#OMARS La compo de l'OM: Mandanda - Fanni, N'Koulou, Mendes, Morel - Romao, Imbula - Payet, Valbuena, A.Ayew - Gignac


#OMARS La compo d'Arsenal: Szczesny - Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs - Flamini, Ramsey - Walcott, Wilshere, Ozil - Giroud

Gignac not off to Newcastle

Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is adamant he will not be leaving the club despite speculation over his future.

I have never wanted to leave. (The links with) Newcastle and the rest, it is all bulls***.

My mind is always on OM and I let Jean-Christophe (Cano, his agent), Vincent (Labrune, OM president) and Jose (Anigo, sporting director) know that.

– Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac speaking to L'Equipe

Barton calms rumours


Its well known who I support. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work that out. Good football agents will always be looking to move...


...players, thats how they make money. Recent rumours are slightly wide of the mark, everyone knows where I would like to end up, in France.


No matter what happens, I intend to enjoy my football and play with a smile on my face. Again, wherever that maybe. Careers are too short


OM close on Imbula

Marseille have reached an agreement in principle with Guingamp to sign highly rated midfielder Gianelli Imbula, subject to a medical.

The Belgium-born 20-year-old, who helped Guingamp win promotion to Ligue 1 last term, is reportedly on the verge of penning a five-year contract after the clubs agreed an initial fee believed to be in the region of 7million euros.

Payet excited by Marseille move

Dimitri Payet insists his move to Marseille from Lille is a "sporting choice" and is relishing the prospect of Champions League and possibly even World Cup football next season.

The prospect of the 2014 World Cup was a key element in my thinking, but not the only one. I wanted to stay in France.

Throughout my career, I have always favoured the sporting choice. Thinking about 2014 is good, but with OM it's also about playing in the Champions League, the chance to evolve in a quality group of players and to achieve high goals in the league. The challenge is raised, it is already exciting.

Marseille's history speaks for itself, it is full of titles and emotions. The club is a monument in French sport.

– Marseille forward Dmitri Payet speaking to the club's official website
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