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Marseille boss Didier Deschamps reveals Liverpool talks

Didier Deschamps
Deschamps has enjoyed success at Monaco, Juventus and Marseille

Marseille manager Didier Deschamps has revealed he was interviewed for the Liverpool job before Roy Hodgson took over at the Anfield club in July.

The former France captain said he was flattered by the approach but decided to remain loyal to the French club.

"I am very proud that a club of the standing of Liverpool showed interest in me this summer," he stated.

"But, to be fair, it wasn't good timing. I had just started pre-season training with Marseille."

Former Monaco and Juventus coach Deschamps took over at Marseille in 2009 and promptly steered the club to their first title in Ligue 1 - the French top flight - in 18 years.


Speaking ahead of Marseille's Champions League Group F clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, Deschamps said he had a "long meeting" with Liverpool officials before opting to stay in France.

"I don't think the fans or the club officials would have been very pleased if after two days back I was looking to join another club," he added.

Deschamps captained France to glory in both the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

As a coach he took Monaco to the 2004 Champions League final and won the Serie B title with Juventus in 2006-07 after they had been demoted from the top flight following a wide-ranging investigation into match-fixing that had rocked Italian football.

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Deschamps named as Marseille boss
05 May 09 |  Europe
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28 Sep 10 |  Europe
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