Speaking in an interview with La Provence, Portuguese coach André Villas Boas claimed that his side Marseille have no interest in Rennes striker Mbaye Niang.
“I don’t know why the Niang name has come out. We contacted his agent in February because Andoni (Zubizarreta, ex-Sporting Director) had a good relationship with him. We made our interest known about a transfer at the end of the year. His profile is interesting, but on the one hand we don’t have the money required and on the other hand, we did not put his name on the list of players to buy.”
“It started to gather momentum and I do not know why, to the point where the player was in contact with certain members of our squad. I let the player’s entourage know that we are not in for him, we have not made an offer. We have neither the means nor the interest in bringing him in. I wish him the best. It is not because he does not have quality, but because we don’t have the capacity and we are looking for a different profile.”