Deschamps rules out big deals

Marseille boss admits he cannot compete in transfer market

Didier Deschamps: Will be forced to shop around for bargains in the summer

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Didier Deschamps says Marseille are in no position to make big-money moves this summer, with transfer funds in short supply.

As one of the most prestigious clubs in French football, expectation at Stade Velodrome is high.

That means titles must be challenged for and the club must look to bring the best players possible onto their books.

Marseille are feeling the strain financially, though, and are no longer able to compete with their wealthier rivals.

That means Deschamps will be forced to shop around for bargains when the window re-opens, rather than lodge bids for his preferred targets.

"Am I interested in Younes Belhanda and Olivier Giroud? Of course, but they are unreachable," he told L'Equipe.

"My chairman has been very clear, big transfers are not possible anymore.

"Unless things change, moves like that are unrealistic for Marseille."

Dream

Deschamps is making the most of those currently at his disposal, with Marseille readying themselves for the first leg of their last-16 showdown with Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League.

"I can't stop everyone from dreaming about our Champions League exploits, I can dream as well," he said. "But it is my job to remain realistic.

"Our objective was to reach the knockout stage, like last season. We have done that and now we can look forward.

"We have to prepare for the Inter match with the intention of making the quarter-finals."