Friday, 7th February, 2014
Marseille interim coach Jose Anigo has confirmed that offers did arrive for young midfielder Florian Thauvin during the January transfer window, but were knocked back.
Thauvin, who has been labelled one of the great hopes of French football by Arsene Wenger – the Arsenal manager also admits having tracked him closely – only joined Marseille last summer, after engineering an exit from Lille in controversial circumstances.
He has quickly become a key man at the Stade Velodrome and one Marseille do not want to lose.
It is believed Tottenham Hotspur were one of the clubs to have had a bid for the 21-year-old turned down and now Anigo has conceded that Marseille did field offers.
"There were offers during this transfer window. But it was nothing. The player stayed here", Anigo said at a press conference.
"He features in our project for two to three years. He doesn't plan on leaving at all.
"If that wasn't the case, we would have sold him already and achieved a great profit."
Thauvin has made 18 appearances for Marseille in the current Ligue 1 campaign, finding the back of the net on six occasions.