After six games without a single win, AS Monaco managed to finally get three points last night, as they beat Nice 3-1.
One of those who helped their victory was Islam Slimani, who was a starter and made an assist.
Despite Monaco’s poor start, the Leicester City loanee has been building good statistics in France, with three goals and one assist in four appearances so far.
Some of the credit could go to manager Leonardo Jardim, who’s known Slimani for a long time. He’s the boss who brought him to Sporting, the place where the striker had the best form of his career.
Slimani is quoted today by Portuguese outlet O Jogo talking about this relationship. The website doesn’t make it clear where the interview comes from, but since we haven’t found anything in the French media, perhaps the player was speaking directly to them.
“I came to Monaco to try to score goals, to help the team and I will dedicate myself all year round. It’s always good to find a former coach, he made me go to Sporting. He believes in my qualities and that’s why he brought me here. An experienced player who helps on and off the pitch is what is important. I think I can help the team a lot.”
Slimani left Sporting to join Leicester City in a deal worth around €30m in 2016. Since he couldn’t succeed at the club, he’s been sent to Newcastle United, Fenerbahce and now Monaco on loan spells. His contract with the Foxes runs until 2021.