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Andre Villas-Boas claims he'll leave Marseille if not given 'proper' support

Andre Villas-Boas claims he'll leave Marseille if not given 'proper' support

Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas has claimed that he will quit his role at the club if he is not provided with the funds to get players in order to be competitive in the UEFA Champions League.

Marseille managed to finish in a Champions League spot after the Ligue 1 was cancelled last week, with Marseille finishing second in the table, only behind PSG, despite having 10 games left of the season.

This was the first time in seven years that the club managed to finish in a spot that qualifies them for Europe's biggest club competition.

Villas-Boas' contract expires at the end of the 2020/21 season, and he is determined to take the club to the next level.

The Portuguese manager stated in an interview with French radio RMC that "I don't want to just make up the numbers in the Champions League. If we're just here to make up the numbers, it's obviously no (to stay at the club)."

He added that he feels "good in Marseille", and "When my agent calls me with Premier League proposals, I don't want to go back. I am happy here. But if the conditions for us to do a proper job are not met, it's not worth it."

This effectively ruled out a possible move to Newcastle United, a club that he has been linked to on several occasions since the talk of a possible take-over of the club was made public.

Adding to his previous statements, he also voiced his opinion on wanting to keep hold of key players, saying that the club doesn't have a big squad, and that they "must think about the players whose contracts expire in 2021". Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, key midfielders Florian Thauvin and Maxime Lopez, defender Jordan Amavi and forward Valere Germain, who are all crucial to Villas-Boas game plan, have their contract ending by the end of the 2020/21 season.

Last year, Marseille broke financial fair-play rules and in March the club was at risk of being sanctioned after failing to agree with a settlement.


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