Portuguese footballer José Fonte has renewed in Lille for the 2022/23 season, the French emblem confirmed this Friday in an official note.
Fonte, a 38-year-old Portuguese international, will leave for his fifth consecutive season at Lille, a club he joined in 2018, after a short spell at Dalian Pro, in China.
Already one of the most emblematic captains in the history of Lille, José Fonte was one of the men who took part in the conquests of the championship in 2020/21 and the Supercoupe de France in 2021.
During his career he also represented West Ham, Southampton and Crystal Palace in England, where he remained for a decade, after his early years as a senior were spent with Estrela da Amadora, Paços de Ferreira, Vitória de Setúbal, Felgueiras and Sporting B. It was among the lions that Fonte formed, in addition to Sacavenense and Penafiel.
Shortly after, Lille confirmed that Xeka, yes, is leaving the club. The 27-year-old midfielder arrived at the French outfit in 2016 from Sp. Braga but is now leaving at zero cost.
In this period – with a loan to Dijon in 2017/18 – Xeka has scored nine goals in 144 games, having also won the league and the super cup.
Lille also confirmed, a few hours earlier, the departure of Turkish international striker Burak Yilmaz.
The 36-year-old striker was also one of the champions of the French league title last season, having also won the Super Cup in two seasons with Lille, the first club he represented outside Turkey.