Montpellier has signed Brazilian defender Vitorino Hilton on a one-year deal from Marseille.

Montpellier announced the signing on its website, adding that Hilton has the option to sign for an additional year at the end of the season.

No financial details were given. The 33-year-old Hilton only had one year left on his Marseille contract.

Hilton is a direct replacement for Bosnia center-half Emir Spahic, who has joined Spanish club Sevilla.

Montpellier opens its French league campaign with a home match against Auxerre on Saturday.