Lamouchi explains exit decision

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Sabri Lamouchi has lifted the lid on the reasons behind his decision to quit Marseille.

The veteran midfielder requested to have his contract terminated at the weekend and, after discussions with club officials, his wish was granted.

Lamouchi's decision has surprised several major faces at the club, but the former Parma schemer has now spoken of how he had ceased to enjoy his football following the departure of coach Jean Fernandez.

"For several months there were things that have happened that don't match who I am," said Lamouchi.

"I thought a lot to make the decision and it was accelerated during the last hours.

"Since the beginning of my career, one word is important; fun. I didn't have it anymore with the present way of working, it didn't suit me.

"In a few months, things have changed a lot. I was so close to Jean Fernandez. Other decisions have been made, I accept them, but I can't understand them.

"The whole group is aware of the job done by Jean Fernandez. Today we play the football he decided to play, with the players he chose.

"Competition has absolutely no link to my departure. If competition is sane and loyal, there is never any problem.

"Leaving a club while they are leading the league, that is a strong sign. It was better to part."

Lamouchi, despite being in his 35th year, insists he is still eager to carry on playing, with Monaco reportedly at the head of the queue for his services.

"About my future, anything is possible," he added.  "I know I can remain an outstanding player if I have fun.

"I know in the future I want to remain close to football. Since the statement of my departure some clubs tried to contact me.

"Monaco? It is too early to say. But it seems difficult for me to play against the club I have just left.

"Anyway, I don't have to play in France where I would be considered a joker.

"I can also join a foreign club. I am deeply sad. I expected to terminate my career at l'OM."