Weah moves to Marseilles

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George Weah joined Marseilles for the rest of the season yesterday following his controversial exit from Manchester City.

George Weah joined Marseilles for the rest of the season yesterday following his controversial exit from Manchester City.

The French club said that Weah, who passed a medical, had an option to stay a further season at the club. Weah, for his part, said Marseille had shown faith in him, unlike City, and could play for the first team as early as Saturday at home against Lille.

The 1995 World Footballer of the Year parted company with the Manchester club on Monday and then lambasted their manager, Joe Royle, claiming he had been "treated like a child".

Weah, who rose to prominence after a seven-year stint in France, was discovered by Arsÿne Wenger, then the coach of Monaco. The Liberian spent five years in the Principality before moving to Paris St-Germain for two seasons and then on to Milan for four years before being loaned to Chelsea under Gianluca Vialli.

"When I was at Monaco I nearly signed for Marseilles on two occasions," Weah said. "Now I've signed, it's destiny, as they say. I'm going to do everything I can to please the fans and to sweat for this shirt. When people show their faith in you, you have to prove they were right to have believed in you."

Weah knows many of his new team-mates from his previous spell in France, and is renewing acquaintances with the former Milan player Bruno N'Gotty, who is also a good friend. "He left a huge impression wherever he went, we really need someone like him who will scare our rivals' defences," N'Gotty said.

A Marseilles spokesman said Weah had turned down offers from Serie A teams, Perugia and Bologna, to join them. Their coach, Abel Braga, said: "He is one of the world's greatest and he's coming to give us a hand until the end of the season."

Weah has confirmed he will end his playing career after spending the rest of the season with Marseilles. "I want to help the club before stopping in May. It's good to know when to stop and start something else - 35 is the limit. I've come to the club to help, for the simple pleasure to play and bring my experience, not for the money."

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