Friday Aug 16, 2019. 12:00
Ramy Bensebaini has become the second member of Algeria’s Africa Cup of Nations winning side to move since the north Africans annexed the title in Cairo last month.
After three years in Stade Rennes, the 24-year-old has moved in a 10-million euro deal to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga.
He has signed a four-year contract.
The versatile defender had one year of contract left with Rennes, so the move is also seen as good business for the French club.
Bensebaini’s transfer follows the move of teammate Ismael Bennacer to Italy.
Bennacer, who was named the best player of the tournament in Egypt, moved at the start of the month from Empoli to AC Milan, signing a deal until 2024 with the Rossoneri.
The 24-year-old Bensebaini is primarily a left-back, although he also operates in central defence for his country.
He started his career at Lierse in Belgium and then Montpellier in France, both on loan from Paradou AC of Algeria. He moved to Rennes on a permanent deal in 2016.
At the Cup of Nations, he played in six of the seven games that Algeria need to win the title and his cup success came just months after helping Rennes to an upset victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the French Cup final.
He could make his debut when the Bundesliga kicks off this weekend. Gladbach host Schalke 04 in their opening game on Saturday.