Lyon signs Pape Diakhate on loan

Seven-time French champion Lyon has signed Senegal defender Pape

Diakhate on a one-year loan contract.

The 26-year-old Diakhate says his decision to leave Dynamo Kiev

was motivated by the prospect of ”signing with a great club which

is going to play the Champions League.”

After six seasons with French club Nancy, Diakhate joined Dynamo

in 2007 and won the Ukrainian title in 2009.

Diakhate, who was also coveted by Paris Saint-Germain, spent

several months on loan with Lyon rival Saint-Etienne last


Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.