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Nice's Pierre Lees-Melou joins Norwich on a three-year deal

Tue 13 July 2021 | 9:41

Pierre Lees-Melou, a French midfielder, has joined Norwich City for an unknown sum from Nice.

Former Nice vice-skipper has joined Carrow Road on a three-year agreement. 

The 28-year-old

Lees-Melou

said that he sought advice from Nice teammate

Morgan Schneiderlin

, who starred for Southampton and Manchester United, and QPR defender

Yoann Barbet

about coming to England after completing his move. 

He told Norwich's website:

"I'm very excited to join Norwich City and discover my new future with the club and its fans. I can't wait to play football in Norwich colours.

"I spoke with Daniel [Farke] and Stuart [Webber]. We had a very long conversation about football and the vision for the team.

"I've heard a lot about how Norwich plays football in the right manner and style and also the club's spirit and mentality. I love that and that got me very excited.

"I also spoke with Morgan Schneiderlin and Yoann Barbet about football in England. They spoke very highly of Norwich and the club's position and standing.

"I appreciate the opportunity in this club and wanted to get the move sorted and start quickly. I'm excited to discover a new country, language and play in the biggest league in the world."

"

We're delighted to have been able to sign a player like Pierre,"

Norwich head manager

Daniel Farke

said of his new acquisition. Lees-Melou played over 150 games in

Ligue 1

throughout his time with Dijon and Nice, where he also featured in the

Champions League

and

Europa League

.

"There are a lot of things to like about him and his football qualities. He's a really good technical player and is very good with the ball. He also has the physical ability every game to cover lots of ground and can play many positions and roles.

"His CV, age and experience are very good. He has played for a big club in Nice, in pressure situations with some talented players. He has played a lot of football in recent years, so is in a good rhythm and full of confidence.

"We think Pierre will help us in the Premier League. He has a great character and personality. It is not a coincidence and is always a good sign when a player is allowed to wear the captain's armband at such a big club like Nice.

"In our communication, we all got the feeling that he is desperate to come to Norwich. He's an intelligent and humble guy and is greedy to work and improve on this level."

The French playmaker is Norwich's sixth summer transfer, following the loan signings of Chelsea's

Billy Gilmour

, Southampton's

Angus Gunn

, and Burnley's

Ben Gibson

PAOK's

Dimitrios Giannoulis

and Werder Bremen's

Milot Rashica

have both joined the Canaries.

 


source: SportMob

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