Kondogbia departs Sevilla to join Monaco
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France midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia has joined Ligue 1 title hopefuls Monaco after the club agreed to pay his €20m release clause with Sevilla, the Principality side said Friday.

Kondogbia has agreed a five-year-deal with Monaco, three days after Sevilla announced the 20-year-old would buy out the remainder of his contract that ran until 2017. Kondogbia, who left Lens for Sevilla a year ago, made his debut for France in their 0-0 friendly draw in Belgium a fortnight ago having won the U-20 FIFA World Cup with Les Bleus in July.

The midfielder has also been called up by Didier Deschamps for his country's FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers against Georgia and Belarus in September.

Kondogbia becomes the latest new arrival at the Stade Louis II this summer, with Monaco now having spent €167m during the transfer window following the signings of Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, Porto duo James Rodriguez and Joao Moutinho, and Malaga midfielder Jeremy Toulalan.

Kondogbia will wear the No12 shirt at Monaco.