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Mar 17, 2014

Shakhtar boss rules out Marseille move

Mircea Lucescu has scotched speculation he will become the new coach of Marseille, telling Canal Plus he will remain at Shakhtar Donetsk next season.

Mircea Lucescu has plenty of problems at Shakhtar Donetsk.
Lucescu has won seven league titles in his decade in charge of Shakhtar.

Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo has been in charge of the first team at the Stade Velodrome since Elie Baup was sacked in December, and the club are confident of appointing a big-name successor with whom to start the 2014-15 campaign.

However, one potential candidate, Lucien Favre, extended his contract with Borussia Monchengladbach only last week, and now Lucescu, 68, has also ruled himself out of the running.

"I have not had any contact, I have no intention of leaving here," said the Romanian, who has been in charge of Shakhtar since 2004 and is contracted to the club until 2015. "I have had some very good moments with Shakhtar, I don't want to leave them at this time, it wouldn't be right. I have to stay here and finish my contract."

Meanwhile, William Gallas has revealed Marseille thought he was "too old" to join them when he was released by Tottenham Hotspur last summer.

Gallas, 36, was allowed to leave Spurs on a free transfer, and had hoped to return to Marseille, where he had played for four years before his 2001 transfer to Chelsea.

However, the former France international opted to joined Australian club Perth Glory instead after the powers-that-be at the Stade Velodrome questioned the contribution his aging body could make to their cause.

"I would have liked to have gone back to Marseille, but unfortunately, it didn't happen because the board thought I was too old," he told L'Equipe.

"I wasn't looking to push for a regular first-team place. My plan was to go there to help the youngsters.

"I would have liked to perhaps finish there because it would have been an opportunity to come back almost 10 years later and to do something at Marseille with the youngsters. It didn't happen unfortunately. It was perhaps my destiny to come here."

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