Monday Aug 31, 2020. 12:59
Gabon international Mario Lemina is back in the English Premier League after joining Fulham FC.
The 26-year-old central midfielder spent the recent 2019/20 season on loan at Turkish giants Galatasaray from Premier League side Southampton FC.
Fulham, who were recently promoted back to the elite league from the English Championship, have snapped up Lemina as they prepare for the 2020/21 season.
“The club is delighted to announce the loan signing of Mario Lemina. The 26-year-old arrives on a season-long deal from Southampton, with an option to make the move permanent,” a club statement read.
Lemina is looking forward to working with Fulham manager Scott Parker following his spell with Galatasaray where he played 20 matches in the Super Lig.
“Now I’m with Fulham, I’m really happy and I’m glad to be part of the project,” the Libreville-born player said.
“I spoke with the manager and he’s got some good ideas about the team, about the project, about everything he wants to do this season, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”
Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan praised Lemina, who has played for French giants Olympique Marseille and Italian giants Juventus.
“Mario Lemina has top-flight experience throughout Europe, including in the Premier League, and I’m very excited to announce his arrival at Fulham Football Club on loan,” Khan said.
“I chose to pursue Mario this summer because in our recruitment conferences he’s been highly rated by our scouting team and our Head Coach Scott Parker, and our statistical research team.
“I believe he will thrive for our Club under Scott’s coaching and leadership. Come on Fulham.”
Lemina has played 18 international matches for Gabon and netted three goals having previously turned out for France under-20 and under-21 national teams.