Fenerbahce have completed the signing of Algerian striker Islam Slimani on a season-long loan from Premier League side Leicester City.
— Fenerbahçe English (@Fenerbahce_EN) August 12, 2018
Islam Slimani failed to make an impression at the Premier League after his move to Leicester from Sporting CP, scoring just 8 goals in 39 Premier League matches. After his struggle for goals throughout his time in England, Slimani will hope to resurrect his career in Turkey.
Fenerbahce announced the signing on Saturday evening with a reveal video on their Twitter.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “Our club has reached agreement with the English team Leicester City to participate in the census as a lease for one year of Islam Slimani.
“Algeria national team footballer Islam Slimani, after the health checks, signed the official contract that makes him Fenerbahce. We wish Slimani endless successes with our barbed form!”
Slimani arrived at the King Power Stadium with serious promise after a €30 million move but failed to emulate his form in Portugal where he scored 39 goals in his final two seasons with Sporting. He just managed 8 goals in 23 games in his first season in the Premier League. And his second season was even more of a struggle as he registered just a single goal in 12 games for Leicester.
A January loan to Newcastle granted a new chance for the flopped striker but the Algerian failed to find the net in 4 matches for the club.
The Algerian’s departure from Leicester seemed imminent this summer, with a return to Sporting among the apparent suitors along with several options in Turkey. Fenerbahce have won the race to sign the out of form striker, on a season-long loan, from the Premier League side.
Heureux de commencer une nouvelle aventure dans ce grand club de Fenerbahçe pour qui je donnerais tout sur le terrain. Merci à mes agents pour ce nouveau challenge et surtout un grand… https://t.co/1shvLZDmiU
— Islam Slimani (@slimaniislam) August 11, 2018
The striker becomes the Turkish club’s 5th signing of the summer after the arrivals of Ferdi Kadioglu, Baris Alici, Berke Ozer and Andre Ayew on loan from Swansea.