Lucho evasive on Marseille future

Argentinian playmaker Lucho Gonzalez sought to evade questions about his Marseille future today, sparking speculation that he could leave the reigning French champions this summer.

Asked if he would still be at the club next season, Lucho replied: "I don't know. Lots of you [journalists] say that I won't be here next season, that the coach [Didier Deschamps] won't be here, that other players won't be here.

"It's not the moment to talk about that. I have two years left on my contract and we'll see what happens at the end of the season."

Lucho, who is 30 years of age, joined Marseille from Portuguese side FC Porto in 2009 for a club record initial fee of €18 million and is under contract until 2013.

I have two years left on my contract and we'll see what happens at the end of the season.
Lucho Gonzalez, Marseille midfielder

The Argentinian international enjoyed a stunning first season, helping Marseille end a 17-year wait for silverware and to win their first league title since 1992, but has struggled for form this term. He emphasised today that his game is based "on the collective" and said that "one player cannot carry everything on his shoulders".

His team-mate Edouard Cisse said Lucho's drop in form was due to the problems Marseille have experienced developing their play on the pitch.

"Lucho is having a little less influence on the game because we are not performing as well collectively," said Cisse. "People talk about him, because he's the one who's supposed to put the team in order.

"He's certainly having a few more problems, he messes up passes or technical moves that he didn't use to mess up, but he's not the only one. We're all in the same boat."

Marseille, who visit third-placed Lyon on Sunday, trail Ligue 1 leaders Lille by a point with five games of the season remaining.