Marseille’s hopes of playing European football next season suffered a blow as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Lille.

On-loan Marseille winger Florian Thauvin has said he will re-sign for the Ligue 1 outfit on a permanent basis in the summer from Newcastle United.

Thauvin, 24, struggled for opportunities at Newcastle after joining the club from Marseille on a five-year deal in August 2015.

After ending the 2015-16 season back at his former club, Thauvin returned this term and has netted 10 goals to win a maiden call-up to the France squad.

And, speaking to RMC Sport, Thauvin revealed he only needed to start three matches for Marseille to secure a permanent transfer.

“It was a loan with an automatic purchase,” he said. “After three games I belonged to Marseille so it was almost a transfer.

“No doubt, I’ll be at Marseille next season.”

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