Diouf: No problem with Taiwo
By Laurent Picard
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Marseille have played down speculation linking Taye Taiwo with a move to Valencia.
Marseille chairman Pape Diouf has moved to dampen speculation linking Taye Taiwo with a move this summer, despite the player claiming recently he was poised for a switch to Valencia.
The Nigeria international has already revealed his desire to clinch a transfer to The Che, but Taiwo's apparent determination to move is matched by that of Diouf, who is just as desperate to retain the powerhouse defender.
Diouf dismissed suggestions of a rift with Taiwo, and revealed that, subject to 'unforeseen circumstances', the player will be donning a Marseille shirt come the beginning of the Ligue 1 season on August 6.
"We don't have any problem with Taiwo. He is not on the transfer list," Diouf told the club's official website.
"He has been contacted and we have studied that possibility.
"But today Taiwo is with L'OM and, provided there are no unforeseen circumstances, we believe he will play with us this season."