Molla Wague Joins Leicester City On Loan
- The Mali international joins from Italian club Udinese with the consent of his Spanish parent club, Granada CF
- Wagué this month came up against Foxes midfielder Daniel Amartey at the Africa Cup of Nations and has also previously faced Riyad Mahrez and Papy Mendy while at Caen
- The Club have an option to buy Wagué at the end of his loan spell
Leicester City have bolstered their defensive options with the signing of Mali international centre back Molla Wagué on loan until the end of the season.
Subject to receiving international clearance and his registration being approved by the Premier League and the Football Association, Molla becomes the Foxes’ second addition of 2017 after the capture of Wilfred Ndidi earlier this month.
He joins on loan from Italian club Udinese with the consent of his Spanish parent club, Granada CF.
Speaking exclusively to LCFC.com, Wagué said:“I’m delighted to be at Leicester City and I can’t wait to get started. It’s a wonderful Club and I’m excited to have the chance to show what I can do in the Premier League with the champions. .
“I’ve always wanted to play in England so I’m looking forward to the challenge and to getting to know my new team-mates over the coming weeks. I’ll work hard to get my chance and when it comes I hope to show that I will give everything to help the team.”
French-born Wagué has been on loan at Udinese since 2014, having made 37 appearances for the Serie A outfit, but will now see out the 2016/17 campaign at Leicester City, with the Club having an option to make the deal permanent from Granada at the end of the season.
A tall and athletic centre half who is extremely quick and mobile, Wagué has built a reputation as a good reader of the game and is adept at using his physical attributes to provide effective cover in behind. At Udinese, he operated in both 3-5-2 and 4-3-3 systems, either on the right side of a three or as the right-sided centre back in a back four.
The versatile defender, who can also play as a right-back, now arrives at King Power Stadium fresh from representing Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. Wagué played in all three of his nation’s Group D fixtures, including a clash with Ghana which saw him come up against City midfielder Daniel Amartey.
A former French youth international, he made his senior debut at Caen in November 2011 and spent three years with the team, where he played alongside former Fox N’Golo Kanté and against Riyad Mahrez and Papy Mendy. The defender was linked with a move to the Foxes at the end of his contract but eventually signed for Spanish side Granada in 2014, before spending the past three seasons on loan at Udinese.
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