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Marseille reopen talks to sign Sheffield United’s Iliman Ndiaye despite player’s reluctance to move

Olympique de Marseille have re-established contact with Sheffield United’s Iliman Ndiaye, per L’Equipe.

The 23-year-old seemed destined to continue with the newly-promoted Premier League club, but Marseille won’t stop trying to sign him.

Ndiaye’s connection to Marseille runs deep as he was a fan from childhood. He even started his football journey in their youth set-up. 

After making a bold move to England, the midfielder netted an impressive 15 goals and 12 assists last season.

He finished the campaign as United’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year. He also featured in the Championship Team of the Season.

It appeared that Ndiaye was determined to test his skills in the Premier League, with the Blades eager to extend his stay. 

His contract runs until next summer, and an extension seemed the likely outcome.

However, recent developments indicate that Ndiaye’s decision may not be as clear-cut as initially anticipated. 

Under pressure from manager Paul Heckingbottom to sign an extension, Ndiaye has become less convinced about his future with the club.

Marseille have swiftly rekindled communication with his representatives and are optimistic about getting a deal over the line before the summer transfer window closes.

With Ndiaye’s contract situation hanging in the balance, both clubs await developments.

The Blades deservedly won promotion from the Championship last season but have been tipped to struggle on their return to the top flight.

The allure of returning to his boyhood club and playing in the French top flight may sway his final decision.

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