Marouane Chamakh admits he expects to stay at staying at Bordeaux for the coming season, despite revealing he has recently been approached by West Ham.
The striker has wanted to leave Les Girondins since the end of last term, but the French champions have already blocked moves to Sunderland and Arsenal.
West Ham are the latest team to be linked with the Morocco international, but he does not envisage leaving Bordeaux before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
”Of course the transfer window isn’t shut but I am pessimistic about my chances of going,” he told L’Equipe.
”West Ham are the latest to come in. It’s only in the past week that they have shown an interest. But I am seeing what happened with Arsenal all over again – the problem is Bordeaux. So it is very tricky.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is unwilling to meet Bordeaux’s valuation of Chamakh, whose contract expires next summer.
Sunderland, meanwhile, were informed by Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc that he would only enter talks with a club he estimates are bigger than his own.
”As much as I managed to understand the attitude of the club about refusing Sunderland, I was surprised there hadn’t been an arrangement with Arsenal, even if it was a small offer. It is Arsenal after all,” Chamakh added. ”So, there I was disappointed. I am still, but I have moved on. I had to rediscover my smile and the pleasure of playing.”
Chamakh has opened the new Ligue 1 campaign in impressive style, scoring three goals in Bordeaux’s opening two matches. He is resigned to remaining at the club for the remainder of the season.
”It’s for that reason that I no longer want to see clubs directly – Bordeaux have to firstly come to an agreement with them. Then I will begin talks after,” he said.