Ndong: Lorient move was best for me
Midfielder Didier Ndong has revealed that international team-mate Bruno Ecuele Manga was key in his decision to sign for Ligue 1 side Lorient.
Ecuele Manga spent four years with the French side before moving to Cardiff City last summer.
“Yes, it helped a lot. He [Ecuele Manga] was captain here and he talked a lot about it to me,” Ndong told the club’s official website.
“He said it was a good club. He loved his time here and was very loved. Bruno loves FC Lorient and thinks it is the best choice for me.”
Ndong, 20, signed a four-and-half year deal on Saturday. The former CS Sfaxien man believes Les Merlus offer him the perfect opportunity to develop as a player.
“I think Lorient is the best club for me in my progression,” Ndong, who is set to represent Gabon in the Africa Cup of Nations later this month, said.
“I come from a very good club in Tunisia. FC Lorient practice the beautiful game with a team of young people.
“It is important to start my career in Europe. Now I have to have the opportunity to play. The place is not won.
“This is my first experience in Europe and I think Lorient will make me progress. I’m here to find out.”
Lorient coach Sylvain Ripoll was full of praise for his new acquisition: “He is a complete player who can play offensive or defensive midfielder, a sharp player with lots of character in personality and in the game.”