Bordeaux's highly-rated Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh has snubbed English Premier League suitors West Ham to stay with the French champions.
In an interview with regional television station France 3 Aquitaine, the 25-year-old said: "From a sporting point of view, I prefer to stay at Bordeaux than go to West Ham."
Chamakh admitted that he was still "in the process of mourning Arsenal" after the Premier League side targeted him at the beginning of August, but that he had been convinced to stay after talks Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc. "Instead of joining another Premier League club, I'm going to opt for the very interesting year which Bordeaux is proposing on a sporting level," he said.
And he rubbished reports that he was planning a visit to London to meet West Ham bosses. "This is just nonsense. I was aware of the West Ham rumours recently but it wasn't a priority."
Chamakh now looks set to see out his contract with the western French side until June 2010 when he will be free to sign with a club of his choice next summer. Blanc had earlier expressed his confidence in keeping Chamakh. Asked on Friday if Chamakh, who was also been linked with a move to Arsenal, Blanc replied: "I'm not even going to ask myself that question because I think he is going to stay".
"The situation is a lot clearer for the player than the media. It's a situation which gives you a lot to write and talk about. We don't listen to it. Marouane wants to leave for a big club but sadly for him, that big club hasn't come in for him. The biggest club that wishes to have him is this one, you know that better than me."