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Marseille brush off Fenerbahce claims on Niang

1 August 2010 12:00

MARSEILLE (AFP) - Marseille have told Turkish giants Fenerbahce in no uncertain terms that Senegalese striker Mamadou Niang is not for sale.

Reports in the Turkish press claimed Sunday that Niang is set to complete an eight-million euros move to the Istanbul side, with a contract offer of three to four years worth 2.5 million euros annually.

Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier admitted that Niang's agents had been in Turkey recently.

But he said that the striker, whose leage-topping 18 goals helped the south-coast side to a long-awaited league crown in 2010, features strongly in coach Didier Deschamps plans this season.

"Mamadou is at the club and he will be staying here," Dassier told AFP on Sunday.

"I've spoken to Didier (Deschamps) on Saturday evening and the message can't be any clearer: it is out of the question to sell (Niang) only a week before the league start up again.

"We are not in the selling market, especially as we haven't received any offers."

Niang's contract with Marseille does not expire until 2014.

According to Vatan news outlet the 31-year-old will be unveiled by the Istanbul club on Friday. Fenerbahce were not immediately available to confirm the reports.

Fenerbahce recently signed another Senegalese striker in Issiar Dia.

French-born Dia, 23, was signed on a four-year contract from French Ligue 1 side Nancy.

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