Ligue 1

Reims snap up striker Atar

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Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:08:00

Reims have signed Israel striker Eliran Atar from Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Ligue 1 club have announced.

The 26-year-old was the leading scorer in the Israeli top flight with 22 goals in 31 games for Maccabi last season and has now signed a four-year contract with Reims.

Club president Jean-Pierre Caillot told "We are delighted to sign Eliran. He is a star in his country.

"For him and his career, he felt it was important to be seen and to be able to play against the bigger clubs in our league.

"It is a new country and a new culture but there is no reason why he cannot adapt to our team and our league."

Atar scored twice in a Europa League play-off round tie against current French champions Paris St Germain three years ago and is looking forward to helping last season's 14th-placed side climb the table.

"I know a lot of the clubs, like Paris St Germain, Monaco, Lyon, Marseille, Lille etc," he said.

"Also Valenciennes and Toulouse, because there are two Israeli players (Maor Melikson and Eden Ben Basat) who play for these clubs and are in the national team with me.

"I know Reims have been French champions (six times between 1949 and 1962) and have played in European Cup finals (in 1956 and 1959), and I know they came back into Ligue 1 after 33 years away.

"I have seen last season's games on video and I hope to bring something extra to the team to help them finish higher than 14th place.

"I like playing on the left flank or as a centre-forward. I can use both feet and I think I am quite a quick and skilful player."

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