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Ajaccio president: Memo Ochoa will not be transferred

After weeks of speculation, it now appears that Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa will not be moving on from France's AC Ajaccio.

Ajaccio president Alain Orsoni has told Mexican media that the offers the Ligue 1 team received for Ochoa were not good enough to pry the netminder away.

"I'm looking at Memo Ochoa right now," said Orsoni via telephone to Mediotiempo. "He's training [and I'm secure] that he'll stay on this season with us."

Orsoni blamed the market conditions in Europe for the failure to reach a deal for the former CF America player, despite what were perceived to be strong offers from Sevilla, Galatasaray and Olympiakos.

"The market in Europe is weak right now because there's [an economic] crisis. There are several difficulties and we did not receive enough offers for him. We spoke to him and he's going to remain here another year," said Orsoni.

Despite the transfer window staying open in France until July 22, the Ajaccio president quieted the notion of a last-minute move, stating that the cannot run the risk of letting his starting goalkeeper go only weeks before the team's season begins.

Ajaccio gained promotion last year and staved off relegation after the 2011-12 season thanks in part to Ochoa, who was hailed time and again for his work in goal.

Despite signing goalkeeper Oumar Sissoko in the off-season, Orsoni assured Ochoa's starting spot.

"Our backup retired and became our goalkeeper coach. We had to get someone else, but there's no doubt that Memo will be our starter," Orsoni finished.

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