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French Exodus Worries Baup

Marseille coach Elie Baup has admitted he is alarmed by the recent departures of many big names moving from Ligue 1 to the English Premier League.

Buap went on to warn that the trend is likely to continue with his domestic league entering a “cycle” of losing their best players.

French stars leaving their homeland to ply their trade in the more recognised leagues is nothing new.

Loic Remy, from Baup’s Marseille, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are two of the latest players who have departed the French top flight to make the hop across the pond.

"What you see is that French football loses good players, all leaving for England, so the Premier League will be above all the other leagues," Baup said.

"In France, because of the financial side, we will have to work on young players or with recruits not well known, and then we'll make them big, and they'll go to England again. We are entering this cycle."

Marseille are currently third in Ligue 1, a point behind leaders PSG, and are making a push for their 11th League title with a trip to Rennes next on the cards.

"Rennes are fighting with us for the spots for Europe, it's a team which just qualified for the Coupe de la League final. That kind of qualification always gives you many positive things, especially mentally," Baup said.

"So at home, they're a team full of strength, with many qualities, and they will of course give us many problems."

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