Leicester sign French midfielder Nampalys Mendy

Leicester, July 3 (IANS) English football champions Leicester City on Sunday announced they have roped in French midfielder Nampalys Mendy in a four-year contract.

“Leicester City can today (Sunday) confirm that we have reached agreement with OGC Nice for the transfer of Nampalys Mendy, subject to Premier League and FA approval,” said a statement on the club’s website.

The 24-year-old has agreed terms on a four-year contract and will become Leicester City’s third signing of the summer following the arrival of Ron-Robert Zieler and Luis Hernandez.

Mendy said: “I am very happy to come to Leicester City. The team has just enjoyed a great season and it’s excellent to be here.

“For me I want to play at this level. I like the Premier League and I follow every match. It’s fast and physical and I want to impose myself on the league.

“I know the coach (Claudio Ranieri), I know his mentality and I know his philosophy. When he speaks it’s direct and clear and for me I like this.”

Mendy is considered as one of the most exciting prospects in France and last season he helped guide Nice to an impressive fourth-placed finish in Ligue 1. He featured in every game for them.

–IANS

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