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Kalou signs for Lille on free transfer

July 7, 2012

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• 26-year-old joins Ligue 1 side on four-year deal
• ‘This club has nothing to envy the best in Europe’

Lille have confirmed the signing of the Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou on a free transfer following his release by Chelsea.

Kalou has agreed a four-year deal at the Ligue 1 side after being released at the end of last season following six years with the London club.

“LOSC formalises the arrival of Salomon Kalou, who has this morning made the traditional medical visit after his arrival at Domaine de Luchin yesterday,” read a statement on the Lille club website.

“The contract of the 26-year-old European champion is four seasons. The former Chelsea player is committed to the club until 2016.”

Kalou, who was brought to Chelsea by José Mourinho in 2006 after an impressive spell at Feyenoord, made 254 appearances for the Premier League club, including 147 starts, and scored 60 goals.

The forward ended last season as a key member of manager Roberto Di Matteo’s plans, making the starting lineup for Chelsea’s victories in both the FA Cup and Champions League finals.

Kalou joins a Lille side who were champions of France in 2011 and finished third last term to secure Champions League qualification.

The club are moving to a new stadium ahead of the new campaign and Kalou said: “The project of LOSC, especially with the arrival of the new stadium, is ambitious and I really liked it.

“From what I’ve discovered at the club, it has nothing to envy the greatest outfits in Europe. I am now here to have fun.” Read More

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