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Moroccan goalkeeper Bounou joins Saudi giants Al-Hilal

Saudi Arabian footballing heavyweights, Al-Hilal have secured the services of Morocco goalkeeper  Yassine Bounou from Spanish side Sevilla.

The acquisition of the 32-year-old shot-stopper sees Al-Hilal’s summer spending spree rise to almost €300 million as they revamp their squad.

Bounou has signed a lucrative three-year contract keeping him at the Saudi club until 2026.

The Moroccan was a target for European elites Bayern Munich and Real Madrid but was enticed by Al-Hilal’s project and contract offer.

Bounou rose to prominence in Morocco with Wydad Casablanca before moving to Spain in 2011.

He gained La Liga experience with Atletico Madrid, Real Zaragoza and Girona.

His stock rose tremendously during a successful spell at Sevilla from 2019 onwards, winning two Europa League titles and earning a reputation as one of La Liga’s best goalkeepers.

On the international stage, Bounou was instrumental to Morocco’s historic World Cup semi-final run in Qatar last year, enhancing his reputation as one of Africa’s best goalkeepers.

Securing Bounou’s signature is a statement of intent from Al-Hilal as they look to maintain dominance domestically and make waves in Asia.

He will provide top-level goalkeeping quality following the departure of Al-Hilal legend Abdullah Al-Mayouf.

Credit: CAF Online

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