Mbia agrees Marseille deal
Stephane Mbia says he has agreed terms with Marseille after rejecting an offer from Stoke City.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 11/07/09 10:41am
Rennes midfielder Stephane Mbia says he has agreed terms with Marseille after rejecting an offer from Stoke City.
Mbia has been looking to conclude a move to Marseille since the end of last season, but Stoke emerged as suitors earlier this week.
He was reported to have travelled to England to be shown around the Britannia Stadium and discuss a possible deal with the Premier League club.
Potters chairman Peter Coates confirmed that a decision was left in the hands of the Cameroon international, who has been a target for Everton in the past.
"The ball is very much in the court of the player and his club," Coates told The Sentinel.
"We have nothing like agreed any terms, that is way too premature. At the moment we are a million miles from doing a deal."
However, following a meeting with Marseille officials on Friday, Mbia has revealed a deal is now agreed with the French giants.
Mbia told L'Equipe: "I want to win titles, that is why I have chosen l'OM.
"I have not signed anything yet, but it is done.
"I am very happy. Didier Deschamps has definitely persuaded me."