Former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder join Ligue 1 side Nice

Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder has joined French Ligue 1 side Nice on a free transfer.

The 33-year had agreed a contract in principle to move to Ligue 1 having been released by Galatasaray by mutual consent and with the deal confirmed on Monday afternoon, the midfielder will be reunited with Mario Balotelli, with whom he won the Champions League with Inter Milan in 2010.

Sneijder, who also confirmed the move by stating “Bonjour Nice” in a video on the Ligue 1 side’s Twitter account.

The former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan has signed a one-year deal, the club said.

“It’s now official. OGC Nice’s 2017-18 squad now has a third UEFA Champions League winner in it,” a statement on the club’s website said. “After Dante and Mario Balotelli, former European champion Wesley Sneijder will also wear the red-and-black shirt this season after passing a medical on Monday.”

Sneijder, who trained with his new team-mates on Monday, will wear No 10 after Mickaël Le Bihan agreed to pass on the shirt number to the new signing.

“He also knows which shirt he’ll be wearing this season. Mika Le Bihan respectfully agreed to ‘give up’ the number 10 he had been wearing it to present it to the new arrival in the dressing room,” the statement added.

Galatasaray paid £8.4m for Sneijder after he made over 100 appearances for Inter, who bought him from Real Madrid for £12.6m in 2009.

He started his career at Ajax before switching to Real in in 2007.

Sneijder played in the 2010 World Cup final for the Netherlands and has won league titles in four countries.

He is the most-capped player in his country’s history, was with Galatasaray for five seasons, where he scored 45 goals in 174 appearances following a 2013 move from Inter.

Nice, who lost their opening Ligue 1 game of the season 1-0 to St Etienne at the weekend, are through to the Champions League playoff round, where they face Napoli for a place in the group stage of the competition.

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