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Marseille president Dassier climbs down over claims of bid for Real Madrid striker Benzema

Olympique Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier has played down talk of a deal for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Dassier told French TV channel M6 that the club could 'reasonably think' of a loan move for the France international.

But the president has since backpedalled, insisting the Ligue 1 champions do not have the 23-year-old on their radar and his comments were made in jest.

"It was humour," Dassier told Eurosport's official website. "We have finished (our business) in the transfer window.

"Nobody is considering recruiting. I said something stupid but that doesn't mean that you have to go on about it."

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