Leicester City sign Malian striker Diabate

Leicester City sign Malian striker Diabate
Hossam Hassan

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Jan 14, 2018. 12:00

News coming from England is that Leicester City have captured the services of Malian forward Fousseni Diabate from French Ligue 2 side Gazelec Ajaccio for an undisclosed fee.

Media reports reveal that the 22-year-old has joined the Foxes on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

Diabate is a Stade Rennais academy product and can play as a winger or striker, he has made 20 appearances for his club this season.

The versatile player has represented Les Aigles at U-20 and U-23 level and will hope to make his name in the English top flight.

On the other hand, Burkina Faso striker Aristide Bance looks set for a spell on the sidelines after his latest spat with Egyptian club Al Masry.

It was reported that Bance walked away from the squad for a third time since joining the club in July last year.

According to the club coach Hossam Hassan, he reacted by saying he did not want the 32-year-old in his team any more.

Furthermore, the club's chairman Samir Halabyia told BBC Sport that Bance will not simply be allowed to walk away and that the club wants US$1 million for the striker.

"Bance is not a professional player," said Hassan to local media.

"He left the team for the third time, he did it twice before and we solved the problem but he left again in the last few days without my permission.

"I don't need him again in my team.”

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