He may not be returning the phone calls of his national team boss, but if Marouane Chamakh gets round to turning on his phone he may well find he has a few text messages from Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud.
Despite leaving the Stade Chaban Delmas a couple of years ago on a free transfer, the Moroccan striker, having helped Les Girondins to the Ligue 1 title in 2008/09, appears to have a free pass to return to the club whenever he feels…presumably if he takes a pay cut.
Chatting to the French media about the 28-year-old, Triaud, who is often quizzed about Chamakh as if he were the father of a prodigal son, responded:
“Chamakh knows he can return to Bordeaux whenever he wants. But he is happy in London.
“Even when he’s on the score sheet the media don’t speak to him. He asks nothing. They are both things that escape me.
“In December last year, I sent a message to him [Chamakh] and told him if it’s shit in London, he can come back. That message still stands.
Triaud and Chamakh obviously have a close relationship and for the latter’s sake it’s good that there are still figures in the game who firmly believe in his footballing ability. Given that he failed to secure a loan move in the summer and now barely makes the bench at the Emirates you can’t help but think a return ‘home’ would help kick-start his career.
Of course, as Manuel Almunia admitted recently it’s not always easy to walk away from a lucrative contract, even if that means twiddling thumbs for a couple of years.
Cheers to @SiuFay for the heads up on this. Always worth a follow.