Al Sadd striker Mamadou Niang has revealed that he was eager to join Marseille in the winter transfer window.
The experienced striker was made available for loan in the winter transfer window, but OM missed the chance to bring their former captain back to the club.
Niang reveals that he only signed for Besiktas because he could not agree a move to Stade Velodrome.
“It would have been an honour and pride to be back to defend the colours of OM,” Niang said in an interview with Infosport +. “I would have been willing to make sacrifices.”
Marseille, however, could not close the deal even though the player was prepared to take a pay cut in order to join his former club.
Niang instead signed a six-month loan with Besiktas and has scored 1 goal in 5 Super Lig appearances for the Black Eagles.
The Senegalese striker had spent five years at Marseille between 2005 and 2010, scoring 71 goals in 134 Ligue 1 appearances for the club, winning one league title in the process.