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Last Updated: Friday, 2 January, 2004, 13:39 GMT
Marseille sign Barthez
Fabien Barthez
Barthez has dropped out of the reckoning at Man Utd
French side Marseille have confirmed the loan signing of Manchester United's French international goalkeeper Fabian Barthez, until the end of the season.

The 32 year-old is now available to take part in Saturday's French Cup tie at Strasbourg on Saturday.

The flamboyant shot-stopper has become third-choice at Old Trafford, behind Tim Howard and Roy Carroll.

The World Cup winner has been told by national coach Jacques Santini he needs to play regularly if he is to keep his number one jersey for France.

From the moment I learned Manchester and Marseille were talking I was in quite a rush to come here
Fabien Barthez

Barthez had previously expressed his desire to re-join his former club in a bid to prove himself as one of the world's top keepers again.

"From the moment I learned Manchester and Marseille were talking I was in quite a rush to come here," he said.

"I consider I belong there. I have many links with the club and the region. It's ideal so I jumped at the chance."

Manchester United signed Barthez for a world record 7.8 million from Monaco in May 2000. He played for Marseille until 1995, winning the European Cup with them in 1993.

Fifa has previously turned down Marseille's appeal in December to sign Barthez outside the approved transfer window.

Barthez still has two-and-a-half years left on his United contract but his chances at Old Trafford have been limited since falling out of favour with Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson .

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