Lille, from French Ligue 1, announced on Saturday the arrival of three players: Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz, young Mexican Eugenio Pizzuto and Dutchman Sven Botman.
Turkish international Yilmaz arrives from Besiktas, a day after his star scorer Victor Osimhen left for Naples.
« Lille are proud to welcome Turkish international Burak Yilmaz (35 years old) into their ranks today. The experienced and prolific striker, idol of Turkish football, signed a two-season contract with Lille, » Lille said on its home page. Internet.
Trained at Antalyaspor, and after passing through the great Turkish clubs such as Fenerbahçe, Trabzonspor and Galatasaray, Yilmaz will coincide with two compatriots at the club in northern France: Zeki Celik and Youssouf Yazici.
The French club also announced the arrival of Pizzuto, a young left-hander (18 years old) trained at the academy of Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand, and who debuted in his country with Pachuca.
Youth international with the Tricolor (he was a Bronze Ball at the U-17 World Cup in 2019), Pizzuto « stands out for his vision, driving, deployment, ability to distribute and leadership, » Lille reported.
« I am very happy to be here (…) I have confidence in myself. I go to work, work and work with the aim of making a place for myself (in the team). Age is just a number, it doesn’t count for me », declared the Mexican at a press conference.
The third addition announced by Lille is that of Dutch defender Botman, from Ajax. At 20 years old, the young man has been a Dutch international in all lower categories.
Lille must rebuild their lead for next season, in which they will play the Europa League, after the departure of their two top scorers this season: Nigerian Osimhen, 21, and Frenchman Loïc Rémy, 33, whose contract ended.
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