Thursday Jan 14, 2021. 12:00
Algeria international Islam Slimani has officially joined French Ligue 1 giants Olympique Lyonnais from former English champions Leicester City.
The experienced centre forward has joined Lyon on a permanent deal from the Foxes which will run until June 2022.
Slimani has replaced French-born Malian striker Moussa Dembele at Lyon with the latter having recently joined Spanish giants Atletico Madrid on an initial loan, with an option to buy.
“I am happy and proud to be at a big club like Lyon. I thank the president,” Sliman told the club’s official Twitter page.
“When I was little, I have already come to the region, to Givors, to play tournaments with my team. I am a combative person who gives everything on the field.”
Slimani is familiar with the Ligue 1 having spent the 2019/20 season with AS Monaco – scoring nine goals from 18 league matches.
The 32-year-old, who was on the books of Leicester between 2016 and 2021, is keen to help Lyon clinch their maiden Ligue 1 title since in 2008.
“I hope to bring my experience, my fighting spirit. I come to a team which is first in the championship, which plays well and scores goals,” he added.
“I want to help the team achieve its goals. I want to do something good here. Lyon is a big club which plays for the first places every year, which plays to participate in the [UEFA] Champions League.”
Lyon are currently placed at the top of Ligue 1 standings with 40 points after 19 matches – a point above second-placed Paris Saint Germain (PSG).
Slimane could make his debut for Lyon when they host FC Metz in a league match on Sunday.