Saturday Jul 25, 2020. 11:00
Senegal international M’Baye Niang is no longer on the radar of French giants Olympique Marseille according to Andre Villas-Boas.
The towering centre forward has established himself as one of the best strikers in France having netted 21 goals in the Ligue 1 for Rennes in the last two seasons.
Niang also helped Rennes clinch the 2018/19 Coupe de France and he was heavily linked with 10-time Ligue 1 champions Marseille.
“I don’t know why the Niang name has come out,” Villas-Boas, who is the Marseille manager, told La Provence.
“We contacted his agent in February because Andoni [Zubizarreta] had a good relationship with him. We made our interest known about a transfer at the end of the year.
“His profile is interesting, but on the one hand we don’t have the money required and on the other hand, we did not put his name on the list of players to buy.”
The former AC Milan player, who was born in France, represented the European country at under-16, under-17 and under-21 levels, before opting to play for his ancestral Senegal internationally in October 2017.
“It started to gather momentum and I do not know why, to the point where the player was in contact with certain members of our squad,” Villas-Boas added.
“I let the player’s entourage know that we are not in for him, we have not made an offer. We have neither the means nor the interest in bringing him in.
“I wish him the best. It is not because he does not have quality, but because we don’t have the capacity and we are looking for a different profile.”
Niang made his debut with Senegal against Cape Verde, in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match which they won 2-0 in October 2017.
He has since played for the Lions of Teranga at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Egypt.