Marseille have announced on their official website that they do not want to sell Dimitri Payet this summer.
The France international winger has been linked with a move to Premier League outfit West Ham United in the summer transfer window.
According to a report in The Guardian on Wednesday, the Hammers have agreed a fee of €15 million (£10.7m) with Marseille over Payet, who is set to fly to London for a medical today.
However, the French club have released a statement on their official website claiming that they do not want to sell the 28-year-old, but it seems that they are resigned to losing him this summer.
Statement in full
“Marseille makes it clear that it absolutely does not have the intention of selling its player Dimitri Payet,” reads a statement on Marseille’s official website, as translated by Get French Football News.
“At the beginning of the month of June, an agreement had been found with Dimitri and his agent. The two parties endorsed at this time that the attacking midfielder would honour the final two years of his contract.
“On June 22, Dimitri’s agent asked for another meeting with President Vincent Labrune. During this meeting, he announced that he and his player had opened negotiations with West Ham, explaining that the English club were offering a six-year contract worth €30m (£21.38m) over this period for the player.
“Due to this, the agent asked for a colossal and immediate contract extension so that Payet could stay at Marseille. Unable to agree to this demand, Marseille, through its president, first expressed his surprise that negotiations with another club had been opened without Marseille’s agreement.
“The club then pushed back the reckless demands of Dimitri Payet’s agent explaining that he had agreed to revise contract conditions of the player but only in mid-July, after Marseille had respected its commitments to the DNCG.
“The agent, who refuted these claims, asked Vincent Labrune for a quick answer affirming, that if they he didn’t, the English offer would be the one that Payet’s team looks favourably on.
“Surprised by this ultimatum, the Marseille president decided after half a day’s reflection to respond favourably to the English offer while reminding the player of his responsibilities. 1) Wait until mid-July for discussions with the President over a contract renewal or, 2) Take the golden deal from West Ham.
“Marseille obviously wants Dimitri to decide to stay at Marseille next season.”
It seems that Marseille want Payet to stay for the 2015-16 campaign, but they appear to have given up on convincing him to commit his future to them.
Losing the Frenchman would be a blow to the Ligue 1 outfit, as he is one of their best players and one of the best in his position in France.
The former Lille star scored seven goals and created 134 chances in 36 Ligue 1 appearances in the recently concluded 2014-15 season.
The 28-year-old had a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 47%, and won three headers, 66 dribbles and 17 tackles.