DONE DEAL: OGC Nice snap up Lemina

DONE DEAL: OGC Nice snap up Lemina
Gabon international Mario Lemina

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Jul 25, 2021. 18:00

Gabon international Mario Lemina has completed his transfer to French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice.


The well-traveled central midfielder has joined the Eaglets from English club Southampton FC following a loan spell with Fulham in the Premier League during the 2020/21 season.


Nice released the following statement:


“OGC Nice is delighted to announce the transfer of Mario Lemina from English side Southampton,” a club statement read.


“Since making his Ligue 1 debut for FC Lorient on 26 January 2013 against Nancy, Mario Lemina has travelled far and wide to practice his trade.


“After leaving France, he played in Italy, England and Turkey. A Gabon international with 19 caps and 3 goals to his name, this technical central midfielder with a strong personality is also a tireless worker capable of getting forward and today he joins Christophe Galtier’s squad with the aim of putting his enormous talent at the service of OGC Nice.


“Already familiar with the Ligue 1 championship having made 55 appearances with Les Merlus and then Marseille, whom he played for between 2013 and 2015, Lemina was then loaned to Italian giants Juventus before making a permanent move to La Vecchia Signora, playing 42 matches with Juve and winning two scudetto in 2016 and 2017.


“At the end of his spell in Serie A, the player crowned U20 world champion with France in 2013, joined Southampton where he spent two seasons before successive loans to Galatasaray and Fulham.


“A player with plenty of Champions League experience, Lemina counts 220 professional appearances in all competitions. Le Gym wishes him a very warm welcome.”


A former French international at youth level, Lemina went on to represent Gabon at senior level, making his senior international debut in 2017, and later represented the latter nation at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.







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