Deschamps rules out Reds

Image: Deschamps: Contract discussions in France

Liverpool target Didier Deschamps has announced that he wants to remain as Marseille manager.

Dassier insists he would not have allowed meeting to take place

Liverpool's interest in Didier Deschamps appears to have been completely quashed after the Marseille manager announced that he was happy at the Stade Velodrome. Fulham boss Roy Hodgson had looked most likely to take over before Marseille's title-winning coach Deschamps emerged as a strong contender. However, the World Cup-winning Frenchman has now rejected any chance of joining Liverpool, revealing he is "in discussions" about a contract extension with Marseille. He explained: "I am happy at Marseille. I am not there for just one year. A coach must be there for the long haul, and that is my wish." The French club's president has also dismissed the chances of Deschamps, who also led Monaco to the 2004 UEFA Champions League final, taking over at Anfield. It was reported in L'Equipe that Liverpool chief-executive Christian Purslow contacted Marseille and asked to speak to Deschamps, a request which was turned down by Jean-Claude Dassier. Dassier claimed: "He asked me if I allowed him to meet Didier and Jean-Pierre Bernes (Deschamps' agent). "I replied that I did not allow any meeting to take place. I have also indicated that there is no way we'll let go of our coach."

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