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Gignac ready for quiet summer

Marseille striker Andre-Pierre Gignac has given up hope of a place in France's World Cup squad despite his prolific season at club level.

The 28-year-old has scored 16 Ligue 1 goals this season - joint second in the scoring charts, his total bettered only by Paris St Germain's Zlatan Ibrahimovic - and 22 in all competitions.

But he does not think that will earn him a ticket to Brazil and blames a lacklustre showing on his last international outing, in September's goalless qualifier against Georgia.

"The statistics tell the story," Gignac told L'Equipe. "I have scored 22 goals in 42 competitive matches, so it's my best season in terms of stats.

"But I do not believe, to be honest. There are a number of players who have also had good seasons: Bafe (Bafetimbi Gomis), (Alexandre) Lacazette and (Kevin) Gameiro.

"I said I would force (Didier) Deschamps to take me. I did what I could, I have had a good season - but it is not enough.

"I was selected in September and played 30 minutes against Georgia, but I was not decisive. I was a bit hesitant, which is not like me."

Gignac outshone Lyon pair Gomis and Lacazette with two goals as Marseille won 4-2 in Sunday's meeting between the sides, although Gomis scored Lyon's second.

And he said: "If I score twice again on Saturday (against Bordeaux), we will see."

With one year remaining on his contract, Gignac is looking forward to working with incoming head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

The Argentine will take the reins in the summer and his renowned insistence on a high work ethic from his teams has led some observers to question the suitability of Gignac - whose burly physique has often been mocked by opposing fans with the chant "un Big Mac pour Gignac".

But the frontman said: "My instinct is to stay at OM. I want to discover Bielsa's methods. I am sure I can get along with him.

"His method and his demands that you read about in the papers do not scare me. It is our job to work hard."

As for his longer-term future, he added: "Afterwards, would I like to extend my contract, etc? We will talk about that at the end of the season. It's something to talk about with my people."