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Tunisia's midfielder Skhiri joins Bundesliga new comers Cologne

AFP , Monday 29 Jul 2019
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Tunisian midfielder Ellyes Skhiri has left Montpellier to join newly-promoted Cologne in the Bundesliga (Photo: AFP)
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 Montpellier's Tunisia midfielder Ellyes Skhiri, who reached the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals in July, has joined newly-promoted Cologne, the Bundesliga club said on Monday.

"The move to the Bundesliga comes at the right time for me," the 24-year-old told the German club's website.

"Cologne have taken a real interest in me and fully convinced me of the move. (They) are a big and exciting club with plenty of tradition, which I can identify with really well."

Skhiri, who has signed a four-year deal, had been with Montpellier as a youngster since 2010 and played 133 games since his senior debut in 2015 before being named vice-captain.

No transfer fee has been released.

He made the first of his 23 international appearances in March 2018 before featuring three times at the World Cup later in the year.

Montpellier, who finished sixth in Ligue 1 last year, have already signed Teji Savanier and Jordan Ferri as cover for Skhiri ahead of the new domestic campaign which starts against Rennes on August 10.

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