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Montpellier: Key duo can leave

May 28, 2012
By ESPN staff

Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has confirmed that first-team stars Olivier Giroud and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are free to leave the club this summer if they receive a suitable bid.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is reportedly a target for several Premier League clubs
PA PhotosMapou Yanga-Mbiwa is reportedly a target for several Premier League clubs

• Giroud confirms Bayern talks
• Yanga-Mbiwa wants Man Utd move

Both players are currently on international duty with France ahead of Euro 2012 and having guided Montpellier to a first ever Ligue 1 title, are in demand for several of Europe's top sides.

Nicollin, the man credited with inspiring Montpellier's dramatic improvement in fortunes, believes that the pair are the only two who may leave the club this summer.

"The only one who can leave, it's Olivier Giroud, because he has a clause", Nicollin told TV show Stade 2. "Then there is Mapou too, because we promised we would let him go if there was a good offer. But these are the only two who could leave and it is not yet certain that they are going."

Giroud finished the season as the top-scorer in Ligue 1 and had been linked with a move to Bayern Munich, until the Bavarians moved to sign Claudio Pizarro earlier this week.