Diouf rejects Emon rumours

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Marseille have rejected rumours that coach Albert Emon is considering his future at the club.

L'OM have endured a dip in form in recent weeks after making an impressive start to the campaign.

Marseille have lost their last four games in all competitions, but chairman Pape Diouf insists Emon is not thinking of quitting.

"We are enduring a difficult period that any club endures in a season," Diouf told L'Equipe.

"I believe it all started with the frustration linked with the match against Lens (1-1). Between Lyon and us there is not the difference shown by the 4-1 score.

"Coach Albert Emon led the team to the top of the table so I can't see what could push him to resign.

"If you study carefully our two defeats against Lyon and St Etienne, we twice conceded four goals, and each time we missed an element in our defence - Renato Civeli.

"I am preparing him to become a new Franco Baresi."

Meanwhile, Djibril Cisse could make his long-awaited debut next week for Marseille.

Cisse, who is on a season-long loan at Stade Velodrome from Liverpool, has yet to make his debut for Marseille as he has been recovering from a broken leg.

The French international is now back in training and Emon believes he could feature against Valenciennes next weekend.

"The medical staff will judge if he is able to play," Emon told OM tv.

"That is a very important decision to take."

Cisse is hopeful that he could make his comeback from the bench against Valenciennes.

"I hope I will play after having started the match on the bench," said Cisse.