Pedretti to disappoint l'OM
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Stade Veledrome outfit had been in contact with the midfielder and looked favourites to land the 22-year-old but the Sochaux captain says he is ready to stay at Stade Bonal without signing a contract extension.
"I have had no more news from Marseille for almost two weeks," said the French international. "I start to forget Marseille.
"I am completely ready to play this season at Sochaux, but without signing anything.
"I don't want to be blocked again in one year."
However, Sochaux chairman Jean-Claude Plessis told a different story and said he was close to agreeing a new deal with the player's agents.
"We are improving slowly and it's looking good for Benoit's prolongation, with a clause to leave at the end of each season," said Plessis.
"If he stays at Sochaux, what I wish, he has to prolong.
"If Marseille still want him, the club has to contact us, us and not only the player."
One reason l'OM may have cooled their interest in Pedretti is because they are on the trail of want-away Monaco schemer Mareclo Gallardo, according to reports in France.
The gifted Argentine playmaker fell out of favour with boss Didier Deschamps last season and lost his place in the side at Stade Louis II.
Reports suggest Marseille have agreed terms with the player on a three-year deal and are now seeking talks with the Principality hierarchy to discuss a fee for the player who still has another year to run on his contract.