Pierre Lees Melou (center) is Norwich City’s fourth signing in the summer before the Premier League season.
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The 28-year-old has joined the Canaries on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £ 5m and the transfer is subject to international approval.
As a seasoned activist, played in France Lees-Melou played a vital role in securing Nice 9th place in Ligue 1 last season. The midfielder played 34 games and scored four goals.
He played mostly on the left side of a midfield triangle with former Manchester United player Morgan Schneiderlin and the one-off City goal Alexis Claude Maurice. Lees-Melou is a box-to-box midfielder who is able to combine solid defensive work with an offensive threat, especially from a distance.
Nice signed and signed Lees-Melou from Dijon in 2017 played over 100 games for the Eaglets during his time on the south coast of France. He also has experience in European football, playing in the Champions League and Europa League.
It was a climb for the midfielder who started his non-league career in France before moving to Dijon and working his way up the pyramid.
He was also vice-captain in Nice and wore the armband in 16 of his 33 appearances in all competitions last season.
City has been watching the region for some time and seeing it due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic and one failed TV deal that has brought many French football clubs to the edge of the abyss as a country of real value.
Lees-Melou will be their fourth senior signing of the summer. City already added Angus Gunn, Billy Gilmour and Milot Rashica this summer to step up preparations for their upcoming Premier League campaign.
The French midfielder told City official channels: “I’m very excited to be To move to Norwich City and discover my new future with the club and its fans. I can’t wait to play football in the Norwich colors.
“I spoke to Daniel [Farke] and Stuart [Webber]. We had a very long talk about football and the vision for the team. I’ve heard a lot about how Norwich plays football the right way and also about the spirit and mentality of the club. I love that and it made me very excited.
“I also talked to Morgan Schneiderlin and Yoann Barbet about football in England. They spoke very highly of Norwich and the position and reputation of the club.
“I appreciate the opportunity at this club and wanted to get the move in order and get started quickly. I am looking forward to discovering a new country and a new language and playing in the biggest league in the world. ”
Daniel Farke believes that his latest addition, following the departure of Alex Tettey, Mario Vrancic and Oliver Skipp, will benefit a lot The head coach of City believes the seasoned midfielder will bring a lot of quality to his team: “We are happy to be able to sign a player like Pierre. There are many Things you like about him and his footballing qualities.
“He’s a really good technical player and is very good with the ball. He also has the physical ability to cover a lot of ground in every game and he can do many positions and playing roles.
“His résumé, age and experience are very good. He played for a big club in Nice, under pressure with some talented players. He has played a lot of football in recent years elt, is therefore in a good rhythm and full of self-confidence.
“In our communication we all had the feeling that he really wanted to come to Norwich. He’s an intelligent and humble guy and eager to work and improve at this level. ”
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