Former Olympique de Marseille coach Jose Anigo has urged Andre-Pierre Gignac to move to one of the world’s major leagues, in light of interest from England.
West Ham United [London 24], West Bromwich Albion [Birmingham Mail] and Manchester United [Squawka] have all been linked with a summer move for the France international, who is out of contract at the Stade Velodrome at expected to leave OM.
Gignac demonstrated his class once again this season, bagged 21 goals in 38 outings in the French top flight.
Despite his goals, however, the former Toulouse man was unable to inspire Marcelo Bielsa’s side to either the title or the Champions League places, as they slipped out of contention following a disastrous four-game losing streak.
As well as interest from the EPL, Russian pair Dinamo Moscow and Zenit Saint-Petersburg, as well as Inter Milan, have all been linked to the striker [via Le 10 Sport].
However, Anigo has advised the 29-year-old to ignore the potentially lucrative options from lesser leagues in order to continue his career at the highest level.
“If I have advice to give him, I’d tell him that he’s still at the age where sporting considerations must win out over financial stakes,” began Anigo, speaking to France Football.
“If he wants to conserve a small chance of going to the European Championships in a year, it would be better for him to stay in a major championship.
“I know that Russia or Qatar are interested, but he deserves to be in a championship of a high level, like England, Spain or Italy,” he concluded.
“I am convinced that he could still thrive there.”
As well as Gignac, a whole host of players could be set for the Marseille exit door, with Andre Ayew closing in on a move to Roma [via TalkSPORT] and the likes of Florian Thauvin, Giannelli Imbula and Rod Fanni linked with moves to Tottenham Hotspur [Daily Mail], Chelsea [Metro] and Liverpool [also Metro] respectively.