LAFC’s center back and captain, Laurent Ciman, has been transferred to French club Dijon FCO after appearing in only 22 matches for the newest MLS club. The Mustards sent a reported half million dollars to the Black & Gold and have also agreed to sign the 33-year-old Belgian for two seasons. His weekly wage is not known at this point.
The three-time MLS All-Star’s contract with his now former club was set to expire in the winter, however, the two sides were unable to agree on a new long-term contract in time.
This caused a perceived gap between club and player that was only intensified after coach Bob Bradley left him off his game-day roster for Saturday night’s contest against archrival LA Galaxy.
The Général first arrived at the Banc of California Stadium before this past season after playing for the Montreal Impact for three years. He was traded from the Impact for Jukka Raitala and Raheem Edwards.
Ciman was known as one of the most feared and respected center backs in the league, earning three all-star appearances and a defender of the year award.
The Belgian wrote the following on Instagram Tuesday afternoon.
“As you may have heard, we are leaving LA for France. I want to thank LAFC fans for embracing me, supporting me, and making me feel like family in ways that exceeded my every expectation. I’ll always keep LAFC in my heart.
The club put the best interests of me and my family above their own, which is rare in today’s sports world. The organization allowed me the chance to return to Europe and continue playing at a high level with a deal providing long-term security for my family.
To LAFC fans and the organization, my gratitude and love forever. I’ve been honored to be your first Captain, to have scored our first goal at Banc of California Stadium and to be a part of the LAFC family.
The Général is expected to ship off to Dijon in the coming days and could potentially suit up for his new team this Saturday against Caen. The Mustards are currently 3-0-0 and have most recently demolished Nice 4-0 on the road. They sit at second place in the league.
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