Deschamps expected to stay

Marseille confident coach will not walk away this summer

Deschamps: Expected to stick around at Stade Velodrome

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Marseille chairman Jean-Claude Dassier has reiterated his belief that Didier Deschamps will remain at the club.

Speculation continues to suggest that the former France international will depart Stade Velodrome this summer for pastures new.

A return to Juventus, where he took in a successful spell during his playing days, has been widely touted.

Marseille are reluctant to part with their coach, though, even as the Ligue 1 title slips through their grasp.

"I have no official announcement about Deschamps at the moment, but there is no reason I do not trust in him," Dassier said in L'Equipe.


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"With Deschamps, this is not a concern. He will stay, I am firmly convinced. He will continue his time with Marseille. I will talk to him before the end of the month."


There is also speculation about the futures of Argentinian pair Lucho Gonzalez and Gabriel Heinze, with Dassier saying he needs to speak to the players to ensure they remain fully committed to the club.

"We must look at what happens with Lucho," he said.

"I must ask him, looking into his eyes."

Of Heinze, he added: "I have my doubts. Like Lucho, I do not know his intentions. I do not want to retain a player against his will. We must ensure that they want to stay."

Dassier has also revealed that the club are keen to discuss a new contract with teenage striker Jordan Ayew, who will see his current deal expire in 2012.

He said: "Jordan Ayew will be a free agent in one year. Of course we will look to prolong his contract."