WATCH: Dimitri Payet one of the best in the world – Doria

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Marseille defender Doria has hailed Dimitri Payet is one of the
best players in the world.

Payet made a controversial return to Marseille in the January
transfer window after two years in the Premier League with West
Ham United.

And Brazilian stopper Doria has tipped the France international
to lead OM back back to the top of Ligue 1 and into the
Champions League.

“Payet is one of the best players in the world,” Doria told

“I already knew him from my first spell. He’s a very funny guy,
and he’s a determined player with a lot of technique. 

“I’m glad to see him come back. Mainly, I’m glad that he
succeeded after leaving and then returned while still at the
same level. I think it’s important.”

Payet’s return to the club coincided with the arrival of
Patrice Evra from Juventus, and Doria is confident the
experienced duo will further bolster the squad as coach Rudi
Garcia hopes to lead them back into Europe.

“I think everyone realises we have a better chance of finishing
in a better position with players who already have
international experience, who have already been champions with
their national teams and at big clubs,” added Doria. 

Patrice Evra Marseille

“I think the fact that [Payet and Evra] are part of the group
solidifies our team. And we recognise that we can get even
further than we originally imagined.”

Doria also believes the high-profile arrivals reinforce the
building project at Marseille under new owner Frank McCourt,
and championed the appointment of Garcia as a statement of

“We can see with the recruitment of Evra and Payet that the new
owners came to change things and achieve great victories.

“I believe the change also came with the new coach. The
difference is his mentality, he wants to win all the time and
passes it to the players. 

“We want to be champions of France and to be back in the
Champions League,” he said. “This is the most important over
the next five years.”

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