Algeria striker Islam Slimani has sealed a transfer switch to Belgian outfit KV Mechelen on a short term deal.
“Islam Slimani will strengthen the attacking line of KV Mechelen. The Algerian has signed a contract until the end of the season,” confirmed a statement on the club website.
Slimani arrives from Brazilian Coritiba, where he scored three goals and provided two assists in 11 matches in 2023. With his move to Malinwa, Slimani is ready for his second Belgian adventure, after an earlier spell at RSC Anderlecht. There he scored nine goals and one assist in sixteen matches.
“I am happy to be back in Belgium, especially because it is at this beautiful club,” said Slimani after signing, adding: “Together with the team and its supporters, I want to achieve the best, so I am going to give my all.”
Mechelen Director Tim Matthys revealed the reason the signed Slimani by saying: “Due to the many unfortunate injuries and the departure of Yonas Malede, it was important to give the coach and the team some extra breathing space and options.
“We have succeeded in this through the deal with Slimani. Islam really wanted to come to Mechelen and we are very pleased that he signed with us. The qualities and experience he possesses are an added value for our team. He will also be an important player in the group because he is a natural leader.”