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Boumsong follows Govou to Panathinaikos

Jean-Alain Boumsong has joined former Olympique Lyonnais team-mate Sidney Govou at Panathinaikos FC after moving to Greece from the French club for a fee rising to €750,000.

Jean-Alain Boumsong (right) has signed a three-year contract
Jean-Alain Boumsong (right) has signed a three-year contract ©Getty Images

Panathinaikos FC have announced the signing of France centre-back Jean-Alain Boumsong from fellow UEFA Champions League contenders Olympique Lyonnais for a fee that could rise to €750,000.

The 30-year old – who counts AJ Auxerre, Rangers FC, Newcastle United FC and Juventus among his former clubs – has penned a three-year deal with the Greens. Boumsong is the second player to move from Lyon to the Greek titleholders this summer, after Sidney Govou's arrival on a free transfer earlier this month.

"I've played at some big clubs and I know that what matters in the end are trophies," said the Cameroonian-born defender, who began his career at Le Havre AC. "It doesn't matter how prestigious your CV is – in order to gain the trust of the fans you must show your credentials on the pitch. That's my aim – to prove I deserve their praise and to win trophies with Panathinaikos."

Lyon and Panathinaikos commence their UEFA Champions League campaigns in the group stage, the draw for which takes place in Monaco on 26 August.

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