Football: High-flying Marseille not moving during transfer window

Marseille fans wearing Santa Claus bonnets attend the French L1 football match against Lille on Dec 21, 2014, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France. French Ligue 1 leaders Marseille will be ignoring the January transfer window which open
Marseille fans wearing Santa Claus bonnets attend the French L1 football match against Lille on Dec 21, 2014, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France. French Ligue 1 leaders Marseille will be ignoring the January transfer window which opens on Thursday, the football club's president Vincent Labrune said. -- PHOTO: AFP

MARSEILLE (AFP) - French Ligue 1 leaders Marseille will be ignoring the January transfer window which opens on Thursday, the football club's president Vincent Labrune said.

"We're staying as we are until further notice... neither departures nor arrivals," he told the daily La Provence.

Marseille finished 2014 on top of the table two points ahead of Lyon, with Paris Saint-Germain a further point adrift in third.

Four players will be out of contract at the season's end, notably in-form Andre-Pierre Gignac, who scored 12 goals in 19 matches.

Winger Andre Ayew, who will compete with Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations later in January, will also be out of contract in six months, although he has expressed his desire to remain to win the title with Marseille.

Defenders Rod Fanni and Jeremy Morel are the final two players whose contracts run out with the southern outfit.