Premier League champions Leicester City sign France midfielder Nampalys Mendy from Nice
The France Under-21 international has signed a four-year deal for a reported €16 million (HK$138.3m)
Premier League champions Leicester City have signed former France Under-21 midfielder Nampalys Mendy from Nice on a four-year deal, both clubs confirmed on Sunday.
The 24-year-old, who helped Nice to fourth place in Ligue 1 last season, has signed for an undisclosed fee which is reported to be around €16 million (HK$138.3m).
“I am very happy to come to Leicester City. The team have just enjoyed a great season and it’s excellent to be here,” Mendy told the club’s official website.
“For me I want to play at this level. I like the Premier League and I follow every match. It’s fast and physical and I want to impose myself on the league.”
Welcome to Leicester, Nampalys 'Papy' Mendy!
— Leicester City (@LCFC) July 3, 2016
Mendy, who played 110 Ligue 1 games for Nice, worked under Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri during a spell with Monaco, and becomes the club’s third signing of the summer after Germany goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler and Spanish defender Luis Hernandez.
“I know the coach, I know his mentality and I know his philosophy. When he speaks it’s direct and clear and for me I like this,” he added.
If the transfer fee is confirmed it would be the biggest in the history of Nice after striker Loïc Rémy in 2010 to Marseille for €15 million (HK$129.7m).