Marseille winger Florian Thauvin has laughed off a report claiming he had been 'rejected' by Real Madrid as they have a surplus of players in his position. The 23-year-old is out of contract in the summer and would be available on a free transfer. A number of top clubs have been linked to the player in the past, including Madrid and Milan.
A report in Spain over the weekend claimed that Thauvin had been offered to Zinedine Zidane's side, who "turned him down". And that has caused the player some amusement.
Taking to Twitter, the France World Cup winner responded to a report by Defensa Central, which claimed that Los Blancos has 'turned down' the chance to sign the winger. He replied to their tweet, saying: "Is that so? Thanks for the laugh anyway."
The report claimed that Zidane rejected the chance to sign his fellow Frenchman, with future claims that he would not boost his squad. It added that even though the LaLiga giants could sign Thauvin on a free, the manager felt his side were well-stocked in the winger's position.
Thauvin has scored seven goals in 22 Ligue 1 games this season. He has spent eight years with Marseille during two spells at the club, with an unsuccessful six months at Newcastle United sandwiched in between.