West Ham loanee Alex Song has revealed that he opted for a move to West Ham in the summer over moving to Marseille.
The Barcelona midfielder has spent a second consecutive campaign on a temporary deal at the Boleyn Ground but was not short of offers before 2015-16.
Song has stated that Marseille president Vincent Labrune was eager to bring him to the Stade Velodrome, but he preferred a return to London instead.
“It’s true – last year, the president wanted me at Marseille, but I didn’t want to return to France,” Le10 Sport quote the Cameroon international as saying.
“I left it at 16 and a half, and coming back would have been complicated for me, because I’m used to the English league. However, I’d quite like to finish my career at Bastia in a few years.”
West Ham are widely expected to pass up the option of signing Song permanently this summer, with the African midfielder set to return to Camp Nou.
After an impressive first season with the Hammers, the former Arsenal man has struggled to replicate this form in 2015-16, with injuries also blighting his ability to build momentum.
West Ham are being linked with a host of defensive midfielders to replace Song this summer, but the Cameroonian has played a role in helping the club progress over the last 24 months.