Crystal Palace goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has denied reports from French football site Foot Mercato that he is poised to rejoin former club Marseille this summer.
The 31-year-old spent nine years with the Ligue 1 side before Palace came calling last July, snapping up the keeper on a free transfer after his contract expired.
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Whilst Mandanda admitted that he still has emotional ties to Marseille, he insisted that no contact has been made with regards to a reunion in the next transfer window.
“As I already said a few weeks ago, despite my attachment to Marseille, there is no contact between the directors and me at the moment,” the France international wrote on his Facebook page.
“What is important to me today is the present and that is at Crystal Palace. I am focussing on my club and survival in the Premier League.”
A knee operation back in November has disrupted Mandanda’s first season in English football and despite recently returning to full fitness he has yet to appear for the first team in 2017, with Wayne Hennessey currently the preferred choice between the sticks.
The experienced stopper’s situation has not been helped by the fact that the man who bought him to the Premier League, Alan Pardew, was sacked as manager over Christmas and replaced by Sam Allardyce.
The Eagles have struggled for form all season but two wins on the bounce against Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion have lifted them out of the relegation zone.
They host Watford at Selhurst Park on Saturday knowing that a victory could lift them up to 15th in the table with 10 matches remaining.