Monday 10 December 2018

Leicester agree deal with Monaco for Rachid Ghezzal

The players was a youngster at Lyon when Claude Puel was in charge of the French club.

Rachid Ghezzal has joined Leicester (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Rachid Ghezzal has joined Leicester (Andrew Matthews/PA)

By Press Association Sport staff

Leicester have agreed a deal to sign winger Rachid Ghezzal from Monaco, the Premier League club have announced.

The Foxes will pay an undisclosed fee for the 26-year-old Algeria international, who has put pen to paper on a four-year contract.

Ghezzal becomes the fifth new arrival this summer at the King Power Stadium after Jonny Evans, James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira and Danny Ward.

Leicester boss Claude Puel said: “I’m very pleased to welcome Rachid to Leicester City Football Club. He’s an exciting addition to our group who will bring creativity and competition ahead of an important season for us.

“I know his qualities from my time at Lyon, where he was in the academy, and I look forward to seeing him test himself in the Premier League.”

During his time at Lyon, Ghezzal scored 14 goals and provided 20 assists in his 110 appearances. His form attracted the interest of then-French champions Monaco and he moved there in August 2017.

The winger is looking forward to working under Puel again.

He told LCFC TV: “I’m very excited and very happy to be here. I know the coach from Lyon and this is where I want to be. It’s a good club and an ambitious one too.”

Ghezzal will link up with his new team-mates this week ahead of Leicester’s opening game of the new Premier League season at Manchester United on Friday night.

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