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Yohan Benalouane

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

28/03/1987

Height

185 cm

Signed

18/01/2019

Country

Tunisia

Nottingham Forest completed the signing of defender Yohan Benalouane for an undisclosed fee from Leicester City on 18th January 2019.

The Tunisian international began his career with French side Saint-Etienne and spent six years with the club before making the switch to join Italian outfit Cesana in August 2010.

Benalouane remained in Italy for five years and represented Cesana, Parma and Atalanta and in the 2014-15 campaign, his displays at the heart of Atalanta’s defence helped them secure survival in Serie A by amassing an impressive 37 points.

Leicester paid £7million to bring Benalouane to the King Power Stadium in August and his first season with The Foxes yielded nine appearances, while during the 2016-17 campaign, his stand-in peformances helped his side secure their top-flight status.

A former French Under 21 international, the defender made the decision to represent Tunisia at international level and he made the 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup, coming on as a substitute for his country's opening group game against Belgium.

At 6ft 2ins, Benalouane is a strong aerial presence and is able to combine pace and power in his defensive role and will be well-prepared for the rigours of the Sky Bet Championship.

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