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Cottagers Defender Joins Lille

Lille have confirmed the signing of Fulham defender Rui Fonte on loan for the 2018-19 season. The Portuguese defender made up a key part of Fulham’s promotion-winning squad last term as he turned out 27 times in the Championship.

However, a summer of spending by the West London club has seen him fall down the pecking order in the early stages of 2018-19.

Fulham had told the 28-year-old that he was free to depart on loan if he could find a suitable employer prior to Friday’s deadline.

After entering into talks with Lille, who sit third in Ligue 1, earlier this week Fonte managed to agree a switch late on Friday.

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