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Lyon complete signing of Leicester’s Islam Slimani

Lyon has announced the signing of Islam Slimani on an 18-month contract from Leicester City that will run until June 2022.

Lyon has announced the signing of Islam Slimani on an 18-month contract from Leicester City that will run until June 2022.

The Ligue 1 club ran for the 2019 African Cup of Nations winner following Moussa Dembélé’s departure for Atlético de Madrid on an initial loan, with a purchase option.

Slimani joins Rudi Garcia’s team on a free transfer after having played just 19 minutes of Premier League football with Leicester City this campaign.

The 32-year-old is expected to build up Lyon’s attacking force, which already includes Karl Toko Ekambi of Cameroon, Tino Kadewere of Zimbabwe and Maxwel Cornet of Ivory Coast.

In August 2016, Slimani joined the Foxes from Sporting CP and made 47 appearances in all competitions.

During his time at the King Power Stadium, the Algerian forward enjoyed a loan to Newcastle United, Fenerbahce and most recently Monaco, where he contributed nine goals and seven assists during the 2019-20 Ligue 1 campaign.

“I am happy and proud to be at a great club like Lyon. I thank the president. When I was little, I already came to the region, to Givors, to play tournaments with my team. I am a combative person who gives everything in the field, “said Slimani.

“I hope to contribute my experience, my fighting spirit. I come to a team that is first in the championship, that plays well and scores goals. I want to help the team achieve its goals. I want to do something good here.

“Lyon is a great club that plays for the top places every year, that plays to participate in the Champions League.”

Lyon lead the Ligue 1 table with 40 points after 19 games, one point above second-placed PSG. They host Metz for their next league outing on Sunday.

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