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Slimani Joins Musa At Leicester For £29m

Algeria striker Islam Slimani has joined Super Eagles winger Ahmed Musa at Leicester City from Sporting Lisbon on a five-year contract worth £29m.

Slimani’s move was confirmed by Leicester on their website on Wednesday night.

He is expected to square off against Musa when Nigeria and Algeria meet in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifers.

“Leicester City Football Club is delighted to confirm the signing of Algeria international striker Islam Slimani from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, subject to FA, Premier League and international clearance,” Leicester announced.

“The 28-year-old joins the Foxes for an undisclosed fee after signing a five-year contract that will keep him at King Power Stadium until 2021.

“An international team-mate of current Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez, the 6ft 2ins striker boasts an impressive record of 23 goals in just 43 games for Algeria since his debut in 2012.

“Known for his relentless work-rate and an unshakable determination, Slimani is a player who will bring plenty of qualities to a Leicester City team built upon the kind of heart and hard work that has helped see the striker complete a remarkable rise.

“Having been signed by Sporting from the relative obscurity of Algerian side CR Belouizdad in 2013, Slimani’s irresistible form saw him reach a stunning total of 27 goals in just 33 games during last season’s Portuguese top flight campaign.

Commenting on his move to Leicester, Slimani said: “To join a team like Leicester City is a huge honour and I can’t wait to get started. I’ve always wanted to play my football in the Premier League and to get the opportunity to do that with the reigning champions was something I simply could not turn down.”

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