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The 2011 and 2012 Copa do Brasil runners-up have revealed the departure of the home-grown defender to the Ligue 1 outfit, who are also linked with QPR's Joey Barton

Coritiba have announced the departure of defender Lucas Mendes to Olympique de Marseille for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old has won two Paranaense state championships with the Alviverde and the club revealed the impending transfer on their website, though no financial details have been released.

A product of the Coxa youth system, the Brazilian declared that although his love for the club ran deep, the chance to play in Europe was too good to resist.

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"It is a moment that every athlete hopes for, but it hurts the heart," Lucas said in a statement on the club's official website.

"Of course I want to go overseas, to play in a competitive league and with great stars, but I have spent much of my life here, with Coxa, a club that I always supported and really respected."

Lucas played 139 games for Coritiba, who will retain a 10 per cent sell on clause, and was also included among the preliminary names for the Olympic Brazil squad.