Marseille old boy fears Batshuayi will be tempted by PL move

Date published: Wednesday 4th May 2016 11:07

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Fabrizio Ravanelli has told Michy Batshuayi to stay at Marseille and become a club legend – rather than be tempted by a move to the Premier League this summer.

The 22-year-old has scored 16 goals in Ligue 1 this season, and was subject of interest from Tottenham and Newcastle in the January transfer window.

Since then, the likes of Liverpool, West Ham, Arsenal and Manchester United have all been mentioned as possible targets, though the player – who signed a new Marseille deal earlier this season to keep him at the club until 2020 – insisted his only focus was on the Ligue 1 club.

Ravanelli, who played for the French club between 1998-2000 after leaving Middlesbrough, knows the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United could tempt him away.

However, speaking to L’Equipe, Ravanelli has told the club to stay at OM and become a club legend: “Why would you not want to become the symbol of Marseille?

“OM is a great club, we must build around him.

“But I do not want to pressure him, Juventus, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United is possible.

“He will have to have that desire to progress in training and humility in his work to make that step.”


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