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Burkina Faso first choice goalkeeper Herve Koffi has joined French Ligue 1 side,Lille.

The 20-year-old has been negotiating with the French side for the past two weeks.

Koffi joins the club at undisclosed fee from ASEC Abidjan of Ivory Coast and has signed a five-year contract with Lille the same club that has Africa top cream players including Gervinho,Kalou and Yaya Toure.

The club CEO,Marc Ingla admited that they moved to sign the Burkinabe star after obseving him during 2017 Africa Cup of Nations where he steered his team to third position.

“I am very happy that he has agreed to join us. He has all the qualities to become a great goalkeeper with us.

“He is still very young, but already a national team player of Burkina Faso. We expect a lot of him and we will accompany him so that he develops his talent.

” His performance at the 2017 CAN was dazzling. Qualities of modern goalkeeper, very comfortable even when under pressure We made a very good choice for the future by recruiting him, “said Ingla.

Several clubs including another French side Sochaux were keen on signing the shot stopper but they could not meet his wage demands.

Lille won the race to sign him and he has been named in the club’s official list of 24 players submitted to the Ligue 1 for this season’s campaign.

On his part Hervé Koffi thanked everyone who made the move happen,saying that he is motivated to achieve more with the club.

“I would like to thank all those who have allowed me to sign this agreement . I thank them for their confidence. I have signed for a big team.

“I have noticed that the facilities here are of a very high level to allow the players to express themselves fully. It is the ideal place for me to work well and continue my progression.

“I had the opportunity to talk with Gervinho recently. He has necessarily said to me the greatest good of this club which is very dear to him. A new challenge is offered to me, I am very motivated to start this new adventure,”Koffi concluded.

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