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Reported Leicester City and Aston Villa target Florian Thauvin has cast fresh doubt on his future at Marseille, telling BeIN Sports that talks over a new contract have ‘barely begun’.

L’OM director Pablo Longoria might be worried about the prospect of losing a World Cup winning-forward but, with just a month to go until the January window opens, the Ligue 1 giants have done little to ensure Thauvin stays at the Stade Velodrome.

The one-time Newcastle United starlet is due to become a free agent in July and will be free to talk to clubs in a matter of weeks.

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Aston Villa are interested, according to TMW, while Brendan Rodgers has reportedly asked Leicester City to bring Thauvin back to the Premier League (Calciomercato).

And the 27-year-old’s comments before tonight’s Champions League clash with Porto will only add fuel to the fire.

“Honestly, for the moment, I do not know (what my future holds). It is too early to say. Nothing has been decided or sorted,” said a winger who scored 26 goals in 2017/18 and 18 the year after.


“We have barely begun talks with the club. So for the moment, it is way too early to say.”

Pianeta Milan reports that Marseille want £18 million for Thauvin in January; a substantial fee for a player who will be a free agent just a few months later.

AC Milan’s technical director Paulo Maldini would love to bring the skillful Frenchman to the San Siro. But the Italian giants will have to raise funds in order to finance a deal.

Thauvin himself, meanwhile, is allegedly demanding £85,000-a-week in wages.

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