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Mandanda returns to Marseille after single season at Crystal Palace

Goal.com logo Goal.com 11-07-2017

Steve Mandanda has completed his move back to Marseille after spending a single season in the Premier League with Crystal Palace.

The France international had joined Palace on a three-year deal in July 2016 but the goalkeeper started only nine Premier League games after losing his place to Wayne Hennessey, while he also struggled with a knee injury.

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Mandanda had been expected to leave Palace as a result and he returns to Marseille in a deal reported to be worth an initial €2million potentially rising up to €6m, signing a three-year deal at the Ligue 1 club.

The 32-year-old had spent nine years as Marseille's first choice goalkeeper after moving from Le Havre in 2007, claiming the Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year award four times during his first spell.

A Marseille statement confirming Mandanda's arrival hailed the goalkeeper's "indisputable experience, a track record, character [and] charisma."

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The statement added: "Steve Mandanda at Marseille is much more that a recruit. He knows everything about the club, the city and his passion, the expectations of the supporters with whom he maintains a real bond of admiration.

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"At 32, his thirst for victories is far from being watered down. On the contrary, his ambition is intact and he perfectly sticks to that of his "old-new" club."

Marseille are also closing in on the signing of France international Adil Rami, with the centre-back confirming via his Facebook page that he is set to join from Sevilla.

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