Labrune: Mandanda won’t leave Marseille

Marseille president Vincent Labrune is adamant goalkeeper Steve Mandanda will remain at the club despite reported interest from abroad.

Mandanda has been linked with a move away from Stade Velodrome with Liverpool, Aston Villa and Besiktas reportedly leading the charge for his signature.

The keeper's contract runs out at the end of this season, leading some to believe L'OM would be keen to sell in January rather than losing him for free, but Labrune is confident the club will keep hold of him at least until the end of the current campaign.

"We will not part with our best people in mid-season," Labrune told RMC Sport. "Mandanda is part of our lifeblood and he will not go away this winter.

"We are both on the same wavelength. We do not want to sell him and Steve is not looking for a club."

Mandanda is undoutedly an important player for Marseille, having missed just six Ligue 1 matches since moving to the club from Le Harve in 2007.

He proved his worth once again in the Olympians' 3-1 penalty shoot-out win over Caen in the Coupe de France by crucially saving three spot-kicks.

Marseille welcome Guingamp to the Stade Velodrome in the late game on Sunday for their first league fixture of the new year.

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