Marouane Chamakh becomes a free agent this summer, and although he would prefer to stay in England, a return to Bordeaux could be an option.
It was always bound to happen this summer. Marouane Chamakh’s contract with Crystal Palace is up on July 1, and now he has been linked with a move back to France with the club where he made his name, Girondins de Bordeaux.
The Burgundy club are preparing for a new season under the guidance of World Cup winner, Willy Sagnol, and Chamakh is being reported as one of Sagnol’s summer targets.
Over eight seasons at Bordeaux, the Moroccan striker played 250 games in Ligue 1 scoring 56 goals. It was his last two seasons that grabbed the attention of Arsenal. Chamakh scored 23 goals over two seasons and also helped Bordeaux reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
His time in England was never as fruitful. He started well at Arsenal, but then a lack of goals and criticism labelled his time under Wenger as a failure. It was not until his move to Crystal Palace last season that saw him return to anything close to his Bordeaux form.
Scoring five goals in 32 games for Palace may not sound like the best return, but it should be enough for Sagnol to believe that he could get the best out of the 30-year-old.
Back in 2010, when Chamakh was linked with a move back to France, Marseille were one of the clubs interested, but the player said that if he was ever to return “it will be Bordeaux, this is my home, I know everyone.”
Four years later, and it could finally be time for the striker to return to the club where he made his name. However, it looks like Chamakh has his hopes set on a continued stay on this side of the channel.
"I do not have a contract, but if I do not continue the adventure with Crystal Palace I want to stay in England."
The striker may be keen to stay in England, but if no one steps forward to sign him, there could just be a chance that a positive move from Bordeaux could convince the forward to return home to a hero’s welcome.