Record transfer is official: Jonathan David leaves AA Ghent, …

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David will play with number 9 at Lille.
Photo: Instagram Jonathan David

Jonathan David will play for the French first division team Lille OSC next season. “It concerns a transfer of more than 30 million euros”, AA Gent says. “This makes him the most expensive outgoing transfer in Belgian football and in club history.”


The announcement from Lille, where the Canadian signed a contract until 2025 and the replacement for Victor Osimhen (ex-Charleroi) who has left for Napoli should be:

David will yield 27 million euros for the Buffalos and at a later resale AA Gent will pass the till again. Because then Lille pays another 5 million euros and a percentage on the resale.

That’s how the Buffalos have their way cashing she was big for the 20-year-old attacker who broke through last season and immediately became co-top scorer in the Jupiler Pro League with 18 goals. In total, David was good for 23 goals and 10 assists for Ghent in 40 appearances, where he was voted player of the year by the supporters.

“Very satisfied”

“I want to play and progress, I think I am at the right place for that,” said David in a first reaction. “I’m very content. I’ve waited a long time for this day, and it’s a pleasure to be ‘a Dogue’ today. I know the project set up in Lille by the Chairman, Luis Campos and Christophe Galtier. Lille has a strong team with good players. ”

“I am a player who knows what position to take on the field,” the acquisition continued. “I like to play football according to my qualities, such as technique and speed. I look forward to meeting the fans. ”

In an interview on the club website, chairman Ivan De Witte thanked his ex-player for “his added value” at AA Gent.

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