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Mainz signs Monaco defender Abdou Diallo

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Facing a lack of first-team opportunities at Monaco, versatile defender Abdou Diallo is seeking greener pastures with Mainz.

The current France Under-21 captain signed a five-year deal with the club, Mainz announced Friday on its website, for what L'Equipe reports is a €5-million fee.

Diallo made just five Ligue 1 appearances last season paired with six runouts in Monaco's domestic and continental cup runs. Leonardo Jardim preferred a centre-back pairing of Kamil Glik and Jemerson, with Andrea Raggi the first off the bench.

The Tours-born 21-year-old also made one start at left-back, though even with a potential exit for first-choice Benjamin Mendy, January signing Jorge still appeared to be Jardim's pick.

"Abdou Diallo is a strong player and an intelligent two-way player who has aroused a lot of enthusiasm on the European market," Mainz sporting director Rouven Schroder said.

"In addition, he is a very purposeful young man with good character. We are delighted that he has decided with full conviction to go to the next step at Mainz 05."

Mainz signs Monaco defender Abdou Diallo
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