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Giannelli Imbula: Transfer from Marseille to Porto was my decision

Giannelli Imbula scored two Ligue 1 goals last seaosn.

Giannelli Imbula has denied suggestions he was forced out of Marseille, telling RMC he alone had made the decision to join Porto.

Imbula, 22, signed a five-year contract with the Portuguese giants earlier this week in a €20 million deal.

With Marseille's financial situation precarious, French media had suggested Imbula, who was a first-team regular under Marcelo Bielsa last season, was pushed out of the Stade Velodrome.

The midfielder, however, insisted the decision to move had been his own.

"No, not at all. I don't know where that comes from," he said when asked about reports he had been forced to move. "I don't think that at my age, with my character, you can force me to do something. People can think what they like, but I say it out loud: I wasn't forced."

He added: "I was told that if there were a satisfactory offer for me and the club, they would be happy. I took the decision to leave, I wasn't forced. My first wish was to stay at OM, but knowing the financial difficulties of the club and having thought about it for a while, I said to myself that it wouldn't be a bad idea to leave the club."

Imbula's departure follows those of Andre Ayew, Andre-Pierre Gignac and Jeremy Morel this summer as OM seek to cut costs.

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