Van Buyten happy with l'OM Choice
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Belgium international Daniel van Buyten insists he has no regrets about staying at Marseille despite the club's current position.
Van Buyten has established himself as one of the most coveted defenders in Europe and has long been linked with a move to Manchester United.
The centre half is understood to have been presented with the chance to quit Marseille prior to the start of the season.
But, despite l'OM sitting 14 points behind league leaders Monaco, van Buyten is happy that he decided to remain at Stade Velodrome.
"No, I have no regrets because I never change a decision that I have made," van Buyten told L'Equipe.
"Of course I would prefer to be in Monaco's position but, if I have stayed, it is for good reasons."
Van Buyten has also praised new l'OM coach Jose Anigo, who has had a positive impact since replacing Alain Perrin at the helm.
"There is a big difference," added the stopper. "He is very close, he plays with us sometimes and he is a great presence in the dressing room.
"We can sense he is a coach who loves a very close contact with the players."
Meanwhile, Anigo's selection headache has worsened ahead of Tuesday's rearranged league meeting with Metz.
Anigo had just ten professionals and two goalkeepers available for the weekend's Coupe de France tie against Paris Saint Germain but the situation is now even more dire.
Didier Drogba suffered a knee injury in the defeat and is doubtful to face Metz, leaving Dmitry Sychev as the only fully fit forward.
Pascal Johansen also aggravated his calf injury while Johnny Ecker is suspended, meaning Anigo will be forced to turn to untried youngsters for the trip to Metz.