Sex-tape victim Mathieu Valbuena to join Fenerbahce from Lyon

Fenerbahce said in a statement that an agreement in principle had been reached for Mathieu Valbuena's transfer.

Published: 12th June 2017 05:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th June 2017 05:49 PM   |  A+A-

France international Mathieu Valbuena (file | AP)


ISTANBUL: Mathieu Valbuena, the France international at the centre of an interminable sex-tape scandal, has agreed to join Istanbul giants Fenerbahce from Lyon, the Turkish club said on Monday.

Fenerbahce said in a statement that an agreement in principle had been reached for the 32-year-old attacking midfielder's transfer and the signing would follow later.

The Dogan news agency said that Valbuena was already on his way to Istanbul and would undergo a medical on Tuesday.

Fenerbahce are looking to reinforce their side after finishing well behind champions Besiktas and surprise runners-up Basaksehir of Istanbul in the Turkish Super Lig last season.

Third place gave Fenerbahce entry to the third qualifying round of the Europa League but only a Super Lig championship would satisfy their fans. 

Valbuena, whose France career was ended by the sex-tape scandal in which he was the victim of a blackmail attempt, enjoyed a long stint at Marseille up to 2014 before joining Dynamo Moscow and then moving on to Lyon a year later. 

He scored eight goals in 52 France appearances from 2010 to 2015.

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