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Charlotte FC sign French midfielder Djibril Diani

Djibril Diani - Charlotte FC


Charlotte FC have acquired midfielder Djibril Diani from Ligue 2 side SM Caen, the club announced Tuesday.

The 26-year-old former French youth international is under contract through the 2025 MLS season with an option for 2026. He occupies an international roster slot.

"Djibril is a versatile, left-footed midfielder who can also operate as a left-sided center back. He’s a tidy, technical player with a rare athletic profile which suits the characteristics we’re looking for in those roles," Charlotte general manager Zoran Krneta said in a release.

"This was a great opportunity in the market to acquire a player who we have been looking at for some time and Djibril is a great complement to the roster options we currently have in the squad."

Diani has featured extensively at Caen and Swiss top-flight side Grasshoppers, after turning professional at Ligue 1 side Lens. Across all stops, he has 11g/6a in 204 appearances.

In Charlotte, the 6-foot-5 Diani joins a midfield group that includes Ashley Westwood, Brandt Bronico, Scott Arfield and Brecht Dejaegere.

Led by new head coach Dean Smith, Charlotte begin their third MLS season with a Feb. 24 opener vs. New York City FC (7:30 pm ET | MLS Season Pass).