Marseille striker Mamadou Niang has revealed that he is close to signing a contract extension.
The Senegal international had been the subject of much transfer talk this summer, with a move to the Premier League widely touted.
He has, however, remained in France and insists he never had any intention of leaving.
Niang claims he has agreed a new deal in principle with Marseille, with the formalities of the agreement set to be completed 'very soon'.
"I am delighted to be leading this team, we are trying to be great here," he told skysports.com.
"We are trying to create something good here and I want to be part of that. The manager (Didier Deschamps) wants me here and there is nothing better than that.
"I have agreed to extend my contract until 2014 and I will sign very soon. Everything has been agreed."
Niang, who has been at Marseille since 2005, also revealed that he would be willing to see out his playing days at Stade Velodrome.
"The club has been great to me and I want to repay them by winning the title," he added.
"I have also thought about finishing my career at this club."