Guinean international defender Bobo Balde has been officially recruited by Ligue 1 club Valenciennes. His contract will run until the end of the present season.
Free of any engagement since the end of his contract at Celtic
this summer, the 34-year-old has been on trial in the north of France for the last ten days.
The imposing centre-back had already been tested for ten days last month. Formed in
Olympique de Marseille's youth academy, Balde has played for Mulhouse, Cannes and Toulouse before
settling in Glasgow for eight seasons.
Valenciennes have been persuaded to make the move as Rafael has been struck down by injury, but Balde is pleased with the outcome of the talks.
"I came a
month ago to introduce myself, and the coach wanted to see just where I
was," he said. "I did a week of training and it
went very well, but there was a small setback that made us have to
wait. They called me back three or four days ago asking for me to come
back. I was
very pleased with the news and I signed this afternoon."
Supporters of Valenciennes hope that the arrival of another experienced
player who featured in Scotland will have the same effect on the
group as the signature of Jean-Claude Darcheville last season.
vast experience accumulated by the defender both in Glasgow and with his national side, where he is still one of the key players, will
serve much to the club.
VA's new recruit has won five league
titles in Scotland and played a final of the UEFA Cup in 2003.
Massaër Ndiaye, Goal.com