l'OM star to stay for Champions League
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
L'OM currently lie in second place in Le Championnat and are on course for a place in Europe's elite tournament, with just one game remaining.
English giants Manchester United and Newcastle have both been trailing the talented Red Devil in recent months and are known to be keeping tabs on his situation.
Marseille coach Alain Perrin is determined to keep van Buyten and has attempted to frighten off any interested parties by placing a é¼22 million price tag on his head.
Van Buyten though, has confirmed that he is likely to stay at Stade Velodrome.
"If l'OM finish the season in second place, I will still be 80 percent certain to stay at Marseille," he confirmed.
"I feel well here, and I won't dislike playing in the Champions League with Marseille.
"I am still under contract at l'OM for three years."
Van Buyten wants to make sure, however, that Marseille match his own ambitions.
"I will have a meeting with chairman Christophe Bouchet and, perhaps, with major shareholder Robert Louis-Dreyfus to know exactly what they are aiming for next season," he said.
"If we are directly in Champions League, there could be a financial bonus.
"Another offer would have to be more interesting than Marseille on a sporting level.
"And, finally, if Marseille don't want me to leave, I won't leave."
Marseille are looking to keep van Buyten and are striving to add to their squad, particularly in the striking department.
Three of the players high on his wanted list are Pauleta, Henri Camara and Didier Drogba, who are being closely followed.
Perrin is believed to prefer Pauleta and Drogba, with the latter again admitting his time at Guingamp could be coming to an end.
"I am really disappointed to only be playing Uefa Cup," said Drogba.
"It is possible the match against Lille will be my last one.
"I can leave, but I can stay too.
"I still have one year of contract, everything is possible."
Portuguese star Pauleta is reported to be unhappy with Bordeaux's failure to sign loan stars Savio and Marco Caneira and he is now considering his future.
If l'OM move for Pauleta, though, they will not have a clear run at his services as Lyon, Paris Saint Germain and Porto are all believed to be interested.
The last option for Perrin is reported to be Camara.
The Senegalese striker was a target for Middlesbrough last summer, but Sedan opted to keep him rather than cashing in on his successful World Cup campaign.
Sedan are battling relegation, but, even if they stay up, they now likely to allow Camara to leave, with a fee of é¼3.5 million being reported as his asking price.