Martin targets career rebirth

New Dijon signing Marvin Martin has targeted a return to form in order to resurrect a once promising international career with France.

The newly promoted Ligue 1 side secured the playmaker on a season-long loan deal from Lille, where his career had stalled since a €10million move from Sochaux in 2012.

Martin burst onto the scene in the 2010/11 season, with the academy graduate scoring three goals and registering 19 assists in Ligue 1.

The form displayed in that season earned him a spot in the France national team and he started with a brace on his debut, earning the label, the 'next Zidane'.

Now at the age of 28, Martin has yet to open his account for Lille in 90 games as injuries curtailed a once promising career that produced 15 caps for Les Blues.

"I will try to get back to my best here; that's why I came to Dijon," he told reporters. "Honestly, my main priority is to get back into top physical shape. 

"After that, I hope to bring my skills to bear and to be an asset for the team. That's my sincere wish.

"I was really troubled by injuries, and after a certain point it's true that you get demoralised; you think about it all the time and it becomes a kind of constant fear.

"At Lille, it wasn't possible because I wasn't getting any game time and they wanted me to leave. But I didn't give up. I'm someone with a strong mentality. Everything that has happened in recent weeks has simply made me stronger. 

"First of all I need to play. The club signed me for my qualities. I need game time and I need to start enjoying myself again. It has been a long time since I've had fun out on the pitch and I've missed it."

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