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Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou joins Al-Hilal after Super Cup defeat

Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou joins Al-Hilal after Super Cup defeat

Spanish media reported Sevilla will receive 21 million euros ($22.8 million).

Saudi club Al-Hilal have confirmed the signing of Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou from La Liga side Sevilla on a three-year contract. Notably, Bounou played his last match for Sevilla on Wednesday in the UEFA Super Cup 2023 defeat to Manchester City.

“The Atlantic lion is our goalie,” Al-Hilal posted on messaging platform X, formerly known as Twitter.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed but Spanish media reported Sevilla will receive 21 million euros ($22.8 million).

Al-Hilal said the deal was sponsored by its honorary President HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.

Bounou, 32, was Sevilla’s first-choice goalkeeper, helping the Spanish team to win two Europa League titles and Morocco to reach last year’s World Cup semi-finals in Qatar.

Bounou, commonly known as Bono, was reportedly a target for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich as a temporary stand-in for the injured Thibaut Courtois and Manuel Neuer.

The most successful club in Saudi Arabia and Asia, Al-Hilal have won 66 trophies including 18 domestic league titles and four Asian Champions League crowns.

Al-Hilal this week signed Brazilian striker Neymar from Paris St Germain.

The club reappointed Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus on a one-year deal and signed former Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Ruben Neves, Serbia’s Sergei Milinkovic-Savic, Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Brazilian striker Malcom.

Al-Hilal host Al-Feiha in the next round of the Saudi Pro League on Saturday.

*Inputs from Reuters

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