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  1. i♥city!


    15 May 2012
    The incredibly versatile 20-year-old has already attracted interest from Manchester City since signing from Laval in January 2017

    There was little expected of Montpellier at the beginning of the season, but the Stade de la Mosson side have unexpectedly pushed their way into European contention as the halfway mark of the season approaches.

    That they find themselves among such lofty company is largely thanks to their defence, which has been the best in Ligue 1 this season. Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Nice – last season’s top three – have all failed to beat Montpellier.

    With only eight goals conceded from 14 fixtures, it is among the sturdiest in Europe’s top leagues. Indeed, they are the only team to keep a clean sheet against free-scoring PSG

    The 20-year-old was signed from struggling Ligue 2 side Laval in January 2017 for around €1.5 million and wasted no time in impressing. Indeed, by the end of the season, Manchester City were sending scouts to monitor his progress.

    He made his senior debut in the second flight back in 2015, when he was only 17, and has already made more than 60 league appearances, including 30 over the course of this calendar year to date.

    An athletic youngster who reads the game well, he is capable of playing across the back line but started out primarily playing on the right. Although he has been used centrally at times by head coach Michel Der Zakarian, his fitness has been one of the aspects that have allowed Montpellier to shape into a 5-3-2 formation that has stifled Ligue 1’s best.

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