Ligue 1 side Marseille on Tuesday confirmed the departure of 26-year-old central midfielder Morgan Sanson to Premier League side Aston Villa in a deal worth around €18m.
The player passed a medical on Monday in Paris and yesterday signed a 4.5 year contract with Aston Villa.
Sanson posted a message of thanks to the French club on social media on Tuesday night:
“4 years… Life moves fast, a career moves very fast. The end of an incredible and unforgettable adventure here in the city of football. I arrived in Marseille, a young guy at 22, I am leaving as the father of a family. This club has made me grow on the sporting and the human sides. Thanks to OM, such a big club that it is, renowned across the world for all the moments I have had here, some sometimes tricky situations, difficult moments with periods of crisis… But so many incredible moments, extraordinary and indescribable atmospheres that I will never forget, an unimaginable fervour and immeasurable passion that makes the charm of this club so unique. My thoughts are with all the people who helped me on a daily basis and made my time here better: my teammates, the different sporting and medical staffs, the board, the communication department, people in the administration department, the fans and of course coach AVB. It is with a heavy heart that I tell you goodbye. A page of my life and my career is turning, with the feeling of also having achieved good work and having always given everything for this shirt… Thanks for the hundreds of messages of thanks, love… I did not arrive as a Marseillais but have become one.”