Besiktas and Liverpool target opts to remain at Ligue 1 club

Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has taken to social media to state that he will remain at the Ligue 1 club amid speculation linking him with a move.

The France international keeper released a statement on this official Facebook page which confirmed that bids had been made for Mandanda. However the 31-year-old confirmed that following a discussion with his agent, he will remain at Marseille.

Besiktas have been closely linked with Mandanda by the Turkish newspaper Milliyet. Liverpool are also interested in Mandanda as are Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Norwich according to the Daily Star.

Mandanda has 21 caps for the French national team but is out of contract at the end of the season and Marseille are willing to cash in before the summer.

The 31-year-old keeper is vastly experienced and has made 414 appearances for Marseille over the years winning three league titles.

Beşiktaş are currently in the market for a new goalkeeper after a string of costly errors over the past two seasons from Tolga Zengin.

The keeper was blamed for the Black Eagles early exit from the Europa League in the group stages following their 3-1 defeat against Sporting Lisbon on the final match day.

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