Nantes want to keep Simon in France

Nantes want to keep Simon in France
Moses Simon of Nigeria challenged by Ernest Seka Boka (l) and Naby Deco Keita of Guinea during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Jan 23, 2020. 09:00

FC Nantes are set to open talks with Levante about the permanent purchase of Moses Simon.

According to the French Ligue 1 club are eager to keep hold of the Nigeria international beyond the 2019-20 season.

Simon has proved to be an instant hit at the club, having joined Nantes on a season-long loan deal from Spanish LaLiga side Levante in June last year.

The 24-year-old has scored six goals and assisted a further eight in 22 appearances across all competitions this season.

Talking to, both Simon and Nantes head coach Christian Gourcuff spoke about what has contributed to the Nigerian’s form this season and if their words are anything to go by he could be in for a permanent stay at the club.

“Moses [Simon] brings something special and enjoys his football here,” Gourcuff said.

Simon scored a goal and assisted the other two in Nantes 3-4 loss to Lyon in the Coupe de France this past weekend and despite falling out of the competition, the Super Eagles winger was quick to praise the home crowd.

“I like the fans and the club, even when we were three goals down against Lyon they kept cheering and pushing us,” Simon told Goal.

“Even though we lost the game, the love and emotion were clear to see because we gave everything but it wasn’t enough,” he concluded.

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