Mar­seille not big enough for Giroud, says coach

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS: Mar­seille boss Rudi Gar­cia ad­mit­ted Wed­nes­day that Olivier Giroud would be the per­fect goal scorer for the French club but be­lieves the Ar­se­nal striker has his sights on a big­ger chal­lenge.

“I think that he doesn’t want to come to Mar­seille,” Gar­cia tells sports daily L’Equipe in an in­ter­view.

Giroud has the “right pro­file“, but Gar­cia ad­mits that the French in­ter­na­tional “may have other in­ter­ests than Mar­seille.”

Giroud, 30, has been linked with a move away from Ar­se­nal fol­low­ing the record sign­ing of fel­low French striker Alexan­dre La­cazette. Last sea­son, he was re­stricted to just 17 starts for the Lon­don­ers.

“Giroud is a French in­ter­na­tional, he’s play­ing at Ar­se­nal and he’s even­tu­ally go­ing to change clubs...this shows that we still have bar­ri­ers to cross to be com­pletely at­trac­tive,” added Gar­cia.

“To­day, to have top play­ers, we are a lit­tle short. We don’t want peo­ple to dream and think that we are go­ing to take a top player.”

Gar­cia’s fears echoed those of Mar­seille pres­i­dent Jac­quesHenri Eyraud who said in July the club were un­able to com­pete with the “crazy prices” be­ing paid for play­ers dur­ing the sum­mer transfer win­dow.

Mar­seille, who started their Ligue 1 sea­son last week­end with a 3-0 home win over Di­jon, signed four play­ers for the new sea­son – de­fender Adil Rami, goal­keeper Steve Man­danda, mid­fielder Luiz Gus­tavo and striker Valere Ger­main. AFP

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