“But one day, I went to the Stade Velodrome. I saw the feelings, the vibes, the atmosphere and said to myself, 'This is where I want to play'. I signed a year later.
“It's true that I met Sunderland and we had talks, but in my head I really wanted to do something good in France before I travelled abroad. I didn't want to leave French football like that, through the small door. I wanted to do something big, and when that was done I could go to England. It's why I preferred to go to Monaco for another challenge instead of English teams after that."