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Benalouane on joining Forest

18 January 2019

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New Nottingham Forest signing Yohan Benalouane is looking forward to working under manager Martin O’Neill having clinched a move to The City Ground.

The defender joins The Reds from Leicester City for an undisclosed fee and is eager to learn from the new Forest manager.

He said: "I spoke with him before and he is a really nice man. He is a person who knows what he wants, that is important and it is an honour to work for him.

"He is a big personality in England and with this club. Everyone knows him so I can't wait to work with him because I think I will learn a lot with him. If I can improve every day then that can only be good."

The Tunisian international joins with plenty of experience, playing top-flight football in England, France and Italy as well as in the Champions League, and can't wait to get started.

He said: "I am really happy. It is a big club with a big history so I am really proud to be here. Hopefully we can do something important with the team.

"I know it is a big club. There are great supporters and I have been told about this club. Honestly, I am really happy to be here and hopefully we can achieve something together.

"It is a tough league. It will be important to get the results and the team have the quality to have a good end to the season. With the new manager, I hope we can work in the right way and hopefully we can do something positive together.

"I have been in England for four years, I have played many games here so I know the country, I know the mentality and that I think is important.

"I know the language and that is really important to be able to communicate with players in the team. That is why I think it is a great opportunity for me and, like I said before, I hope to do something positive with the team."

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