Lille announce signings of Malcuit and Mendes

Lille OSC have announced the signings of Sao Paulo midfielder Thiago Mendes and Kevin Malcuit who joins from Ligue 1 rivals Saint-Etienne.

The French club are believed to have spent €9milion on Mendes, a 25-year-old defensive midfielder who put pen to paper on a deal that will see him remain at Stade Pierre-Mauroy for five years.

The Brazilian joins his former Sao Paulo team-mate Luiz Araujo at his new club and says that the move is the realisation of a lifelong ambition.

"Since I was a child, playing in Europe has always been a dream for me," he told the club's official website."I am very happy to be at Lille and in a competitive league.

"I want to grow as an individual and as part of the team, especially with Marcelo Bielsa, who has a very high reputation. I hope to progress alongside him."

Les Dogues' second signing also made reference to the club's famous coach when expressing his delight at completing his move north.

"I'm happy to be here wearing this jersey," Malcuit told the club's website. "I look forward to being on the pitch and evolving by working with Marcelo Bielsa.

"He is a great coach known throughout the world, who knows how to develop his players and push them to their limits."

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