Anigo prepared for trio to exit
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marseille coach Jose Anigo has admitted three of his players are on the brink of sealing moves to England.
Star striker Didier Drogba is a top target for Chelsea, Brahim Hemdani is poised to sign for Bolton Wanderers and young midfielder Mathieu Flamini is heading for either Charlton or Everton.
Anigo was clearly displeased that Flamini has decided to pursue his career abroad after rejecting the chance to sign his first professional deal at Stade Velodrome.
Flamini did not meet up with his coach in Switzerland as had been planned and seems ready to accept a move to The Premiership.
"He called me to say there had been a misunderstanding," Anigo told Marseille's official website.
"For the moment, he is not there and I must do without him.
"L'OM will not die if Mathieu leaves and I wish him a great career at a big club like Charlton. I do not wish him badly because he is only a child."
The seemingly sarcastic barb from the boss betrays his obvious feelings towards the situation.
Hemdani leaves on better terms as Bolton prepare to wrap up a shrewd signing.
"He was a pillar of l'OM but he is also a professional player," Anigo added. "He totally has the right to want a change of scenery.
"I discussed this with him and I respect his choice."
And Anigo is looking at the positives regarding Drogba, suspecting Chelsea may not meet the massive asking price on the Ivory Coast attacker's head.
"I doubt myself that the Chelsea president will come back with the money for Drogba," he opined.
"If the offer that Christophe Bouchet speaks of arrives in his office, we will take it.
"This would be a lot of money for the club. We would lose Didier, evidently, but that would allow us to build a team with seven or eight players at a high level."