Montpellier HSC has officially completed its second transfer of this summer window with the signing of Frenchman Damien Le Tallec. Le Tallec, often deployed as a defensive midfielder or centre back, will be returning to France after six years abroad in Ukraine, Russia, and Serbia. The now Montpellier man joins on a free from Red Star Belgrade with his contract in Serbia expiring at the end of this season.
Le Tallec’s most recent spell in eastern Europe was spent in the Serbian SuperLiga, where he was a key part of Red Star’s impressive Europa League run and SuperLiga title win. Under the management of head coach Vladan Milojević, Le Tallec often played as a right-sided center back where he was one of his team’s top performers. In the 8 matches he played in the Europa League the defender averaged a 7.28 match rating, good enough for best on his team per WhoScored.
After selling starlet defender Nordi Mukiélé to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, Montpellier will be hoping that Le Tallec can fill its Germany-bound defender’s shoes. Mukiélé was a consistent and adaptable performer, something that Le Tallec is noted for as well. Club president Laurent Nicollin was clearly excited to be signing a new defender, declaring, “I am delighted to have an additional central defender in our squad, which was also a wish for the coach…It’s up to him to show us his value, but we are in any case very happy that he has signed with us.”