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Marseille to miss out on returning France international due to wage demands

Olympique de Marseille president Vincent Labrune has ruled out a return for Mathieu Valbuena at the Stade Velodrome next season.

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The France international is believed to be considering a move away from Dynamo Moscow due to the side’s suspension from next season’s Europa League.

Valbuena, like several of the club’s other big-name players, is not keen on a year without continental competition, and is believed to be seeking a move away from the club.

With the 2016 European Championships on the horizon, and the diminutive midfielder not keen on missing out on home soil, Valbuena clearly realises the importance of remaining in the public eye.

However, speaking to RMC [via Le 10 Sport], Labrune has confirmed that OM would not break their wage structure in order to accommodate their former talent.

It is reported that the Phoceens would need to pay Valbuena a monthly wage of €300,000 to secure the former Libourne playmaker.

Valbuena will likely be disappointed by this news, having recently spoken to France Football [via Le 10 Sport] about his desire to feature under current OM coach Marcelo Bielsa.

The Argentine coach, for his part, may have seen Valbuena as an adequate replacement for the likes of departing stars such as Andre Ayew and Andre-Pierre Gignac.

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