Toulalan swaps Monaco for Bordeaux

Monaco midfielder Jeremy Toulalan has negotiated an early exit from his contract, enabling him to move to Monaco with a year left on his contract.

The 32-year-old moved to the Principality From Malaga in 2013, the second season of Claudio Ranieri's three-year reign at the club.

Toulalan quickly became a mainstay in the starting line-up and was handed the captain's armband soon after. He played 76 Ligue 1 matches for Les Rouges et Blancs and was a crucial player in the 2013/14 campaign, which saw them finish runners-up in the league.

"I spent three wonderful seasons with Monaco and I am proud to have contributed to the club's return to the forefront of the French and European stage," the Frenchman said in a statement.

"It is time for me to take on a different challenge that will also allow me to get closer to my home town.

"I want to thank my team-mates, the coaching staff and all the members of the club as well as the fans who have always supported me."