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Brazilian defender Marcelo joins Bordeaux and Lebo Mothiba joins Strasbourg


Aug-17 12:41 first published at 12:41 PM

Published on January 31, 2010 at 10:43 a.m.
Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo has left OL for Bordeaux on a free transfer, hoping to bring his wealth of experience to bear as Les Girondins look to avoid relegation in the second half of the 2021-22 season, while South African striker Lebo Mothiba has joined Troyes on loan.
Bordeaux had been on the lookout for a central defender for several weeks before signing Marcelo. The 34-year-old Brazilian defender was available on the transfer market after his contract with Olympique Lyonnais was terminated amicably on Wednesday.

The goalkeeper, who has made 121 appearances for Les Gones in Ligue 1 Uber Eats, has signed a six-month contract with the 17th-placed club.

“The club is delighted to welcome this experienced player whose knowledge of Ligue 1 Uber Eats will be an asset to our squad,” the club said in a statement.
‘Rigour, experience, and leadership,’ says Lopes.
Meanwhile, Admar Lopes, Bordeaux’s sporting director, sees the signing of Vladimir Petkovi’s new number 15 as a significant step toward stabilizing the club during a difficult period.

“Marcelo is a well-known player, not only for his footballing abilities, but also for his character and leadership,” Lopes said. “In our conversations, I saw someone who was very motivated and eager to wear the Girondins de Bordeaux shirt. He is well-versed in Ligue 1 and will bring rigour, experience, and leadership on and off the field. We are overjoyed that Marcelo has decided to join us.”

Lebo Mothiba switches from Strasbourg to Troyes.

South African striker Lebo Mothiba extended his contract with Strasbourg until 2024 on Thursday, and the Alsatian club announced that he has been loaned to Troyes until the end of the season.

“RC Strasbourg Alsace and ESTAC Troyes have agreed to loan the South African striker to Troyes until the end of the 2021-22 season,” Le Racing said in a statement.

The 26-year-old South African international striker had a knee operation in the summer of 2020 and was out for several months before suffering a muscle injury last September. As a result, he has played very little in the last 18 months and is hoping to increase his playing time at Troyes, who are currently 16th in the league with only 20 goals scored in 22 games.

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(Photo courtesy of Bordeaux)

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