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Liverpool legend considered as Bielsa replacement at Marseille

Reports in France indicate that Olympique de Marseille are considering Rafael Benitez as a potential replacement for Marcelo Bielsa.

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It is not yet certain whether the iconic Argentine coach will remain at the Stade Velodrome for another season beyond the summer.

The current campaign has taken its toll on Bielsa, who was impotent as his side suffered a four-game losing streak earlier this year which put paid to their title hopes. The disastrous streak also saw them slip out of the Champions League places, and with only two games to go this term, it remains to be seen if they can overhaul AS Monaco to take the third spot.

Similarly, the club is set for a major facelift this summer, with high-profile stars such as Andre Ayew, Florian Thauvin, Steve Mandanda and Andre-Pierre Gignac just some of the names linked to the exit door.

According to Le 10 Sport, the club have begun drawing up a shortlist of potential managerial targets should Bielsa leave in the summer.
Marca—again via Le 10 Sport—believe that Benitez heads up the list.

The Spaniard is coming to the end of his current contract at Napoli, and OM are believed to have made him their chief target—even if they may well face possible competition from the likes of Inter Milan, Liverpool, Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain.

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