Lille celebrate as Enyeama extends deal

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Lille goalkeeper  Vincent Enyeama has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the  French Ligue 1 side    until 2019, the club confirmed on  Thursday.

The 33-year-old former Super Eagles  number one, who  guided the Northern French  club to a Europa League spot next season,  was beaten to  the 2015-16   Ligue 1’s Best Goalkeeper award  by Olympic Marseille’s Steve Mandanda.

Enyeama, who  made   35 appearances in   Lille’s 38 league games, kept 14 clean sheets in the league this term. The former Enyimba keeper joined Lille from Israeli Premier League outfit Hapoel Tel Avivi in  June 2011 for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

But  the ex-Nigeria captian, who is popularly called  Spider Enyeaman  in France,  moved to  Maccabi Tel Aviv on a season-long loan  contract in 2012 before returning to Stade Pierre-Mauroy in 2014.

And Les Dogues boss Frederic Antonetti, who wants to strengthen his squad ahead of next season, has decided to tie Enyeama down to  new contract

Lille also confirmed the signing of Portugal’s Eder on a four-year deal worth € 4.5m from Premier League club Swansea. Eder spent the season on loan  at  Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

The Great Danes’ Deputy General Director Jean-Michel Vandamme expressed the club’s delight at Enyeama’s decision to extend his contract at Lille.

“Vincent is an exceptional lad both on the field, but also outside,” the 56-year-old  former Lille player was quoted as saying on the club’s official website on Thusrday.

  “To continue to work with a player of his calibre and a man of his quality is something fantastic for the club.

“He still has bright future and showed again this season, the full extent of his immense qualities. He is happy to be at  LOSC and feels like home. “

“He brings so much by his talent, his state of mind or ability to boost the group, we could not not to extend his contract.

“I also think that his presence will be important in the progression of Mike Maignan. Today, Vincent Enyeama is able to finish his career at Lille. “

Culled from: http://www.punchng.com/lille-celebrate-enyeama-extends-deal/

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