Paris: French champions Olympique Marseille were joking when they said they were considering making an approach to sign Real Madrid`s France striker Karim Benzema on loan, the Ligue 1 club said on Monday.
OM president Jean-Claude Dassier had told a French TV channel that the club could `reasonably think` of a loan move for Benzema before backpedalling.
"It was humour," Dassier told Eurosport`s 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."
Benzema joined Real in 2009 but has struggled to make an impact, scoring only two goals in La Liga this season.