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Marko Marin made just two Europa League appearances for Fiorentina while on loan during the first half of the season Getty

Chelsea outcast Marko Marin has revealed how Anderlecht's Champions League comeback against Arsenal swayed his decision to move to the Belgian champions on loan for the remainder of the season.

Marin endured a torrid spell on loan at Fiorentina during the first half of the campaign, failing to make a single Serie A appearance after injury saw him fall out of favour with Viola.

The 25-year-old has not played for Chelsea since Jose Mourinho re-joined the club in the summer of 2013, having spent last season on loan at Europa League winners Sevilla, where he enjoyed a relatively successful spell.

Now aiming to reignite his career ahead of returning to Chelsea with title-chasing Anderlecht, he says the club's style of play, which was evident in the 3-3 draw with Arsenal during which they recovered from three goals down, was significant in his decision.

"I am really happy that I am here now and I hope to help the team win the title this season," the Germany international told the club's official website.

"It is very important that the coach wanted me and liked me as a player and we had good talks and this was the biggest reason to sign here.

"It is a traditionally big club with a lot of young players this year, and very talented players with ambitions to win titles. I watched the games of course, particularly the comeback against Arsenal. I like the style of play and I've got a good feeling I will help the team.

"I have put a difficult first half of the year behind me first with injury and then I did not play a lot only ion the Europa League. I want to play, that is the only important thing to me at the moment."

Anderlecht are currently two points adrift of leaders Club Brugge and all but guaranteed a place in the top six ahead of the Championship play-offs later in the campaign, which decide the destination of the league title.

Marin is one of 27 players out on loan from Chelsea during this season, with nine deals having already been agreed until the end of the campaign during January, with Todd Kane, Lewis Baker and Islam Feruz sent out to gain first-team experience.