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Nkoulou won’t rule out PSG move

February 26, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Highly-rated Marseille defender Nicolas Nkoulou has said he will "try to respect his contract", but left the door open to a departure from the Stade Velodrome with even his club's nemesis, Paris Saint-Germain, a potential destination.

Nicolas Nkoulou
EmpicsNicolas Nkoulou's long-term future remains unclear

Nkoulou, 22, first caught the eye at Monaco before leaving the principality in 2011 to join Marseille, where he has developed into one of Europe's most accomplished centre-backs.

Although under contract until 2015, the Cameroon international told 1998 World Cup-winner-turned-radio-host Bixente Lizarazu on RTL that the current campaign may turn out to be his last at the club.

"I'm under contract with Marseille, I'm going to try and respect my contract. But you know that many things can happen, and there are offers that are simply too good to refuse. For me, the main thing is to finish the season well with Marseille and take them to new heights," he said.

While trying to digest the fact Nkoulou would not rule out leaving their club, Marseille fans will have been more alarmed to have heard the defender fail to exclude their hated rivals, PSG, as an option.

"They haven't come in for me, we're not going to talk about it, I'm at Marseille," he said, before adding: "The door isn't closed either though."

The defender's declaration comes a week after Mathieu Valbuena announced his contract, which also runs to 2015, would only be extended beyond that date if Marseille were to qualify for the Champions League.

Nkoulou said talks on extending his own contract were "not on the agenda" for the moment, and also emphasised the importance of Champions League football in determining the future direction of his career.

"It's very important. All footballers dream about it. For me, it's the biggest meeting of the best footballers in the world. If we have the chance to qualify, we're not going to deny ourselves," said Nkoulou, part of the Marseille side beaten by PSG last weekend to leave themselves in the third and final Champions League qualifying spot in the Ligue 1 table, just a point above the chasing pack.

"If we manage to qualify, we'll see about [extending my contract]. My agent will be there, I'll be there. We'll see all together what we'll do about it and my future."