Leicester City sign Algerian winger Rachid Ghezzal


Algeria winger Rachid Ghezzal has moved to Premier League side Leicester City from Ligue 1 club Monaco for an undisclosed fee.

Ghezzal completes a switch from the French Ligue 1 where he has appeared for Lyon and Monaco in the last six years joining the Premier League club for an undisclosed fee.

Ghezzal’s Algerian team-mate Riyad Mahrez joined Manchester City from the Foxes last month and Leicester have now signed another Algerian winger on a four-year deal.

The 26-year old could be in line to replace Mahrez at the King Power Stadium.

Meanwhile Mahrez already opened his trophy account with Manchester City after Kun Aguero’s brace helped the Citizens to a two-goal win over Chelsea in the Community shield.

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Ghezzal is the fifth signing of the window at the King Power following the arrivals of Danny Ward, Johnny Evans, Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison.

Leicester City boss, Claude Puel already knows Ghezzal from their time together at Lyon and was certain his new signing would add a lot of quality to his side going into the 2018-2019 campaign.

“He’s an exciting addition to our group who will bring creativity and competition ahead of an important season for us,” Puel told Leicester’s official website.

“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.”

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Ghezzal added: “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. Leicester City has many great players and I hope we will have a great season.”

The Algerian has featured 13 times for his country since 2015 contributing a solitary goal against Ethiopia.