Monaco signs midfielder Toulalan from Malaga

Monaco signed France midfielder Jeremy Toulalan from Malaga on

Saturday as part of its ongoing squad overhaul ahead of its return

to France’s topflight.

Monaco said on its website that Toulalan had agreed to a

two-year contract with an option of a third year.

”We are happy with the signature of Jeremy,” said Monaco’s

sports director Vadim Vasilyev. ”His skills, his European and

international experience, will be an important asset for our team

this season.”

The 29-year-old Toulalan was with Malaga for the last two

seasons, helping it qualify for the Champions League for the first

time when it reached the quarterfinals last campaign. Previously,

he played for Nantes from 2001-06 and for Lyon from 2006-11, where

he won the French league twice in 2007 and 2008 and the French Cup

in 2008.

Neither club disclosed the financial details of the deal.

Monaco, promoted last season, has also brought in striker

Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid, Porto pair James Rodriguez and

Joao Moutinho, and Portugal defender Ricardo Carvalho. It is also

linked to former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal.

Toulalan is the latest in a long list of players Malaga has sold

during the past year, including Spanish internationals Santi

Cazorla and Nacho Monreal to Arsenal. Malaga had also sold

Francisco ”Isco” Alarcon and Joaquin Sanchez this summer and had

manager Manuel Pellegrini leave to take over Manchester City.

Malaga said in a statement that it ”wants to thank Jeremy

Toulalan for being an example of professionalism and for his

behavior, both on and off the pitch.”