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Islam Slimani: Lyon completes signing of Leicester City forward

The Algerian striker is back in the French top flight where he spent the entire 2019-20 season on loan at Monaco

Lyon announced the signing of Islam Slimani on an 18-month agreement Leicester City which will last until June 2022.

the League 1 club moved for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations winner following the departure of Moussa Dembele for Atletico Madrid on an initial loan, with an option to purchase.

Slimani joins Rudi Garcia’s side on a free transfer after playing just 19 minutes of Premier League football for Leicester City in this campaign.

The 32-year-old is expected to strengthen Lyon’s offensive force which already has CameroonKarl Toko Ekambi, Tino Kadewere from Zimbabwe and Ivory CoastMaxwel Cornet.

In August 2016, Slimani joined the foxes of Athletic He and CP have made 47 appearances in all competitions.

While at King Power Stadium, the Algeria term benefiting from loan periods at Newcastle United, Fenerbahce and more recently Monaco where he contributed nine goals and seven assists during the 2019-2020 Ligue 1 campaign.

“I am happy and proud to be in a big club like Lyon. I thank the president. When I was little, I have already come to the region, to Givors, to play tournaments with my team. I am a person combative who gives everything on the pitch ”, Slimani said.

“I hope to bring my experience, my fighting spirit. I arrive in a team which is the first in the championship, which plays well and scores goals. I want to help the team achieve their goals. I want to do something good here.

“Lyon is a great club which plays for the first places every year, which plays to participate in the Champions League. “

Lyon lead the Ligue 1 standings with 40 points after 19 matches – one point above second-placed PSG. They welcome Metz for their next league outing on Sunday.

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