Mandanda keeping options open
Goalkeeper happy at Marseille but keen to fulfil ambitions
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: January 4, 2012 1:26pm
Steve Mandanda: Recognises that not many top clubs are in the market for a new goalkeeper
France international goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has declared that he has ambitions to play for one of the biggest European clubs, but says he is happy at Marseille and will not push for a move.
Mandanda, who has made 14 appearances for his country, is determined to have a successful career and wants to be at a club challenging for silverware on a regular basis.
Marseille have not enjoyed the best of seasons so far and Mandanda has indicated that he would be open to the idea of going elsewhere if the opportunity came along.
However, he recognises that not a lot of top clubs are in the market for a new first-choice keeper and insists he is still enjoying life at Stade Velodrome.
"My future? When you are ambitious, you want to be part of the biggest European clubs," he told L'Equipe.
"But the transfer market for keepers is very complex. We saw it again last summer.
"I don't plan too much anymore. Moreover I am at a great club, in a favourable situation.
"All the same, I am fine here."
Champions League push
Mandanda's current focus in on helping Marseille to push on from their current position of sixth in Ligue 1, and even if they cannot win the title he would love to at least qualify for the UEFA Champions League again.
"We have never given up, but we have been realistic. We were not good," said the 26-year-old.
"How could we say the national title remained our objective? PSG are the big favourites. They have the means to build a very big team. It won't be easy but I want to seize the challenge.
"Champions League qualification? There is more competition. Lille, Montpellier and Rennes are there, and Lyon have maintained their position.
"We can get one of the three first positions. The start to the New Year will be very important with matches against direct opponents."