Rudi Garcia has described new signing Salomon Kalou as "full of talent" after the former Chelsea forward made his debut for Lille in a pre-season friendly over the weekend.
The Cote d'Ivoire international played the second half as Les Dogues drew 0-0 with Portuguese giants Benfica, and the French side's coach admits to being impressed with what he saw in Metz on Sunday, but now wants the 26-year-old to begin building up match fitness.
"We have seen that Kalou is a guy full of talent," Garcia said to France Football. "He'll have to get fitter, but it's a good start in the team for him."
Kalou was released by Chelsea at the end of the season after making just 12 league appearances for the Blues in 2011-12, but going the other way was Eden Hazard, who joined the west London club despite a third-place finish for LOSC last season.
Llle may also have to begin its 2012-13 Ligue 1 without Mathieu Debuchy. The wantaway France full back has been heavily linked with moves to Newcastle United and Inter.