Marseille president Pape Diouf sparked an expected transfer scramble on Friday when he admitted that star winger Franck Ribery has a green light to leave the French club at the end of the season.
Diouf fought tooth and nail to keep Ribery at the 1993 European Cup winners last year, despite strong interest from the likes of five-time Freench champions Lyon, Spanish giants Real Madrid and Premiership outfit Arsenal.
But he now seems resigned to the France player's imminent exit.
"This season he is welcome to leave, although that is not to say that he will automatically leave," Diouf told television channel Infosport.
"I will be less intransigent this season than last in the case of an eventual exit by Franck."
Meanwhile, Diouf said no decision had been made on whether or not to exercise an option to buy on-loan Liverpool forward Djibril Cisse at the end of the season.