French Ligue 1 side Lille have confirmed signing Chipolopolo defender Stoppila Sunzu on a one-year loan deal from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.
The 26-year-old will join up with manager Herve Renard for the third time having played under the Frenchman for Zambia and French side Sochaux.
“LOSC continues to refine the contours of his 2015-2016 staff by recording the arrival of Stoppila Sunzu (26 years). The Zambian international defender has committed to a season on loanfor the Great Danes,” Lille posted on the club website on Thursday.
Sunzu said he is excited to join the French side.
“This is very good news for me to join a club like Lille,” Sunzu said.
“I’ve known Herve Renard for a long time, his presence was an important element in my decision to commit myself to Lille. He is like a father to me.”
Meanwhile, Renard also hailed the signing of Sunzu.
“Stoppila Sunzu is a very athletic defender, he also has the ability to go fast. This is a player who has many qualities, but can sometimes still lack a bit of maturity. He needs to be steered and that will
happen playing with Renato Civelli or Marko Basa,” Renard said.