Marseille sign €25m Strootman from Roma

Kevin Strootman has reunited with former Roma boss Rudi Garcia after agreeing to join Ligue 1 side Marseille.

Published : Aug 29, 2018 00:45 IST

Marseille have completed the signing of Kevin Strootman from Roma for an initial fee of €25million.

The Netherlands international has agreed to a contract of undisclosed length with the Ligue 1 club, who are coached by former Roma boss Rudi Garcia.

Marseille announced the news with a Twitter video appearing to show the player parachute into the training ground, where he was met by sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.

The footage ends by showing Strootman in a Marseille shirt, as though he had been playing himself in the popular video game Fortnite.

The midfielder joined Roma – who confirmed the fee, which could rise by another €3m – on a five-year deal in 2013, but he suffered a serious knee injury in 2014 that saw him miss most of the next two years.

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He returned to regular football in 2016-17 and played a key role in his side's run to the Champions League semi-finals last term.

According to some reports in Italy, Strootman had wanted to stay at Stadio Olimpico and broke down when he told his team-mates he had been told he was no longer part of the club's plans.

Roma signed Steven Nzonzi, Javier Pastore and Bryan Cristante to bolster their midfield during the Serie A transfer window.

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