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 Posted by ESPN Staff
May 17, 2011

Marseille chief backs Deschamps to stay

Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier says he wants Didier Deschamps to remain at the club as coach next season, despite l'OM looking certain to miss out on retaining the Ligue 1 title.

• Deschamps retains faint title hope

Lille are set to dethrone Marseille and lift the French league crown, with l'OM three points behind the leaders having played a game more.

But while Dassier expressed disappointment at his side's failure to retain the title, he insisted he retains full trust in Deschamps.

"I have regrets,'' he told L'Equipe. "We had the potential to do better. I have no official announcement about Deschamps at the moment, but there is no reason I do not trust in him.''

The French boss has a clause in his contract which would allow him to leave this year at a cost of three million euros, but Dassier does not see that being a factor.

"With Deschamps, this is not a concern,'' he said. "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.''

Deschamps guided Marseille to the 2009-10 Lige 1 title in his first season in charge and this term l'OM reached the knockout stage of the Champions League, as well as lifting the Coupe de la Ligue after a 1-0 victory over Montpellier.

Dassier also addressed speculation about the futures of Argentinian pair Lucho Gonzalez and Gabriel Heinze, with the Marseille chief saying he needed to speak to the players to ensure they remain 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.''

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