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Man City international starlet keen for transfer away from Etihad Stadium; Marseille interested

Manchester City youngster Karim Rekik is believed to be keen on a move to Olympique de Marseille, who were previously interested in his talents last summer.

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OM had ambitions of recruiting the 20-year-old in the summer of 2014, although the centre-back ultimately chose to move on loan to PSV Eindhoven.

The decision allowed the young Dutchman to both return to his homeland and to enjoy a campaign of first-team action.

The stopper featured 29 times in the Eredivisie, winning the league and ending the campaign a whopping 17 points ahead of second-place Ajax.

However, despite his fine form in the Netherlands, the defender looks to have his work cut out to make his mark in the City first team, with the likes of Eliaquim Mangala, Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis and the returning Jason Denayer (previously on loan at Celtic) all competing for a spot in the team.

The Citizens have also been linked with a move for Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi [Daily Star], who would present further intimidating competition for Rekik.

According to Voetbal International, PSV are keen to keep hold of the defender—who has one year left on his City contract—although the Dutch source understand that the centre-back is keen to test himself in a tougher league.

L’Equipe understand that Marseille remain interested in the player, and Rekik’s agitation for a move may tempt them to return for the stopper.

Marcelo Bielsa may be looking to reconfigure his defensive options this summer; Jeremy Morel has already departed, while Nicolas N’Koulou has also been linked to the exit door [Metro].

To date, Rekik has one international appearance, having previously featured for the nation’s youth teams.

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