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   Friday, 3 January, 2003, 13:47 GMT
Belmadi makes Man City switch
Djamel Belmadi
Belmadi has been keen to leave Marseille
Algerian midfielder Djamel Belmadi has signed for English Premiership club Manchester City on loan.

City have confirmed the Marseille player has joined the club until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent transfer.

Belmadi, a former team-mate of Man City captain Ali Benarbia in the Algeria side, has been unsettled at Marseille this season and has made no secret of his wish to get away.

Man City will pay the Championnat leaders a small fee up front, giving Kevin Keegan the rest of the season to decide if he wishes to keep the player.

Cameroon star Marc-Vivian Foe is already at the club from Lyon on a similar deal.

Belmadi, who has also had a spell with Celta Vigo in Spain, is a personal friend of City striker Nicolas Anelka, with whom he played when the pair were at Paris Saint Germain.

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