Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh has reiterated his desire to move away from French football.
The Morocco international, who scored 13 league goals last season, was linked with several Premier League teams over the course of the summer, with both Arsenal and West Ham United interested. He was also said to be have been monitored by Juventus but all potential suitors were deterred by an £18m price tag.
It could be a decision that comes back to haunt Bordeaux as he will be able to leave on a free transfer next summer, although the Ligue 1 champions may choose to cash in during the January transfer window.
“I couldn’t move to another French club,” he told the club website. “I was tempted by an adventure at Lyon in 2005. Honestly, this situation is not conceivable any more.
“I couldn’t leave for another club in this country because I have everything here: my family, my friends. I was made here and I think there’s none better than les Girondins in France.
“We can talk about Lyon, Marseille…but if I had to leave Bordeaux, it would be for somewhere abroad.”