Ligue 1 side Marseille have announced that coach Didier Deschamps has left the club by mutual agreement.
The 43-year-old's future at Marseille had been uncertain with reports claiming he wanted to leave the club he had once captained after three years in charge. There was further speculation after Laurent Blanc stepped down as France boss on Saturday, with his former international team-mate instantly linked with succeeding him in the role.
Today the club finally put to an end such rumours by releasing a statement on their official website which reveals Deschamps' future had been unclear for some time. It read: "Didier Deschamps was received on May 23 by club officials to prepare for the 2012/13 season.
"Didier Deschamps stated his desire to leave OM and the terms of his departure were considered. In the days that followed, Mr Didier Deschamps repeatedly confirmed that he was and remained the coach of OM. Olympique de Marseille and Didier Deschamps have finally decided by mutual agreement not to continue working for the 2012-2013 season.
"Olympique de Marseille thank Didier Deschamps for his work for the team for three years and wish him good luck for the future. Didier Deschamps thanks Olympique de Marseille for their support throughout these last three seasons."
Deschamps took over as Marseille boss in the summer of 2009 and in his first season in charge led them to the Ligue 1 title as well as the Coupe de la Ligue. They were runners-up the following year to Lille, although they retained the Coupe de la Ligue. However, last season was poor for the club, which at one point endured a 14-match winless streak and they finished in 10th place although another successful cup defence saw them qualify for the UEFA Europa League.
Following the end of a highly-successful playing career, which saw him win the UEFA Champions League with both Marseille and Juventus as well as the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship with France, Deschamps was appointed manager of Monaco.
He guided them to second in Ligue 1 in the 2002/03 season which saw them qualify for the Champions League, in which they reached the final the following year where they lost to Porto, led by Jose Mourinho. After resigning in autumn 2005, Deschamps was appointed as Juventus coach the following summer with the club having been relegated to Serie B after the match-fixing scandal.
Deschamps guided them to an immediate return to the top flight but almost as soon as they had been confirmed as Serie B champions he resigned.