Marseille owner wants me to stay - Bielsa

The future of Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille remains unclear, but the club's owner is keen for the Argentinian to stay on.

Marcelo Bielsa says he has been asked to continue as Marseille head coach by owner Margarita Louis-Dreyfus next season.

The Argentine coach's future at Stade Velodrome is in doubt, despite Marseille having provided a sustained challenge for the Ligue 1 title this season.

Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Bordeaux left Marseille a place and a point off third-place Monaco, who are in the final UEFA Champions League position.

Bielsa has previously been coy about his future beyond this term, with his contract including a termination clause after one year.

However, Bielsa explained: "She [Louis-Dreyfus] told me she wanted me to continue here.

"She told she something that I really enjoyed - that she loved what I was doing on a human level, in my attitude and the way I lead the squad.

"I shall try and live up to Margarita Louis-Dreyfus' high praise, I would dearly love to finish the season second or third."

However, Bielsa added that he had not been offered a concrete deal to stay, saying: "Asking me not to leave is not the same as offering me a new contract."

"We coaches know and understand that when we fail to achieve our objectives there is a price to pay."