Former France youth international Nicolas Maurice-Belay became Bordeaux's first signing of the summer, the French Ligue 1 side announced today. The 26-year-old, who was capped by France at U-17, U-18 and U-20 levels, was out of contract after ending a four-year association with Sochaux. He has signed a three-year deal.
Maurice-Belay is an attacking midfielder who plays down the left. However, with only four goals in 133 appearances for Sochaux, he is known more for his creativity than for his finishing.
He is the first signing by Bordeaux who have already lost Brazilian midfielder Fernando, who left for Saudi Arabia, veteran goalkeeper Ulrich Rame who returned to Sedan, and defender Matthieu Saunier who has made a permanent move to Troyes after spending last year there on loan.