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Duo join Gloucester for games

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Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:28:00

Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena says he is in no hurry to finalise his future amid ongoing talks over a new contract.

Valbuena insists he is more than happy to remain with the Ligue 1 title chasers long term.

The France international has been negotiating an extension until 2017 with the Mediterranean club, but admitted after last night's 2-1 win over Bastia that he was still to put pen to paper.

Team-mate Steve Mandanda signed a new contract to 2016 earlier this week and it had been thought Valbuena would follow suit in the coming days.

But Valbuena, who scored a stunning volley against Bastia, said: "Yes, we are still in negotiations.

"It's been pretty long. It does not bother me to sign on long term to OM. I flourish here, I've already won titles and we are having a great season this year, so why not?

"It is in view. It is being discussed. I have often been asked about the possibility of finishing my career here. I'm in Marseille, I feel good and fulfilled."

Both players have signed one-month loan deals that will see them feature for the Blue Square North side over the Christmas period.

Cheltenham boss Mark Yates told the club's official website: "They need games and it will be a good move for them.

"We are happy with our squad and numbers but Bagasan and Danny need to play matches and they will do that with Gloucester."

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