Alaixys Romao: Togolese midfielder joins Guingamp from Reims

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Togo international Alaixys Romao has been snapped up by French Ligue 2 outfit Guingamp on a free transfer having seen out his contract at Reims.

The veteran midfielder joined the Ligue 1 side in 2018 from Greek outfit Olympiacos on a two-year contract with the option of an extension.

However, he was released by the club at the end of last season despite featuring in 22 French top-flight matches before the competition was cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Also, he made three appearances in three French League Cup games for David Guion’s side as they crashed out of the championship following a 2-1 defeat to AS Monaco.

Having missed promotion to Ligue 1 last term, the Costamoricans will be relying on the former Toulouse, Cuiseaux-Louhans, Grenoble, Lorient and Marseille man to help their course to regain their elite division status after they got demoted in 2019.

“A very experienced player - 592 games at the highest level, Alaixys Romao intends to help Guingamp play the leading roles in a League 2 that he knows well,” a statement from the club read.

“The club is very happy to have in its ranks a player who has been unanimous in the seven clubs of which he wore their jersey.”

Excited by his new adventure, Romao took to social media to thank the club for their trust in him, while assuring to do everything to help their cause.

“New challenge. Very happy to join Guingamp, thank you for the trust you have placed in me. We are going to do everything we can to achieve our goals,” he tweeted.

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With this move to Stade de Roudourou, he becomes the ninth African in Sylvain Didot’s team. Others are Lloyd Palun (Gabon), Lebogang Phiri (South Africa), Youssouf M'Changama (Comoros), Yeni Ngbakoto (Congo DR), Yannick Gomis (Senegal), Paul-Georges Ntep (Cameroon), Felix Eboa (Cameroon) and Souleymane Anne (Mauritania).

Romao could make his debut when Guingamp host Niort on the opening day of the French Ligue 2 season.

On the international scene, he boasts over 70 caps for the Hawks since his debut in 2005 having featured for France at youth level.