Eric Bailly was struggling for game time at Manchester United.
The Ivory Coast defender was further pushed down the pecking order at Man United with the arrival of Lisandro Martinez this summer.
He struggled for game time at Old Trafford last season and decided to make a loan move in the 2022/23 season to Marseille.
He managed to keep six clean sheets so far in Ligue 1 and Marseille are unbeaten in their first six league matches.
Eric Bailly explains how Marseille president Pablo Longoria convinced him to secure a move to the Ligue 1 club.
“I only knew him as the president of Marseille, not as a person,” Bailly told La Provence.
“When he called, he told me about my time at Villarreal, about all the things I did there. He told me secrets that I didn’t expect. I said to myself: ‘I don’t know him, but how does he know all this?’
“Then he explained that he was close friends with my former coach Marcelino (Toral, ex-Villarreal boss). The conversation was smooth and easy. It made me want to come even more.”