(FILE ) Former Moroccan international defender Medhi Benatia is returning to football with French side Marseille as sporting director. Photo: AFP
The 36-year-old, who played 66 times for Morocco and captained them at the 2018 World Cup, takes over from Javier Ribalta in the wake of a tumultuous meeting between the club's directors and representatives of supporters' groups in September.
However, he will not have the same status as Ribalta, who was a member of the board.
"Medhi Benatia... will help to develop and implement the club's sporting strategy, in particular to attract, train and retain the best talent," the club said in a statement.
Marseille, 12th in Ligue 1, host Rennes on Sunday.
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