Malina youngster El Bilal Touré has signed for French top-flight side Stade de Reims.
The Ligue 1 side announced on Friday the signing of the promising striker.
The 18-year-old winner of the CAN U-20 signed a five-year deal. Born in Côte d’Ivoire and passed through the prestigious Ivoiian Academy, AL FC will join the clubs second-tier side immediately.
“He will initially join the Pro 2 group, the reserve team where his compatriot Fodé Doucouré has been playing since this summer.”
“What we proposed to El Bilal was a structured project. First to acclimatize with French football and European culture, via the Pro 2 where he will rub shoulders with his compatriot Fodé Doucouré in particular,” the club confirmed.
Touré will have to prove himself with the second-tier side forcing his way up to the professional group.
? Un champion d'Afrique U20 au #SDR !
Élu dans l'équipe type de la CAN U20, l'avant-centre ?? El Bilal Touré a paraphé pour 5 saisons. S'il effectuera la reprise en #Pro2, le prometteur attaquant de 18 ans entend bientôt frapper à la porte des pros…
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— Stade de Reims (@StadeDeReims) January 3, 2020
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