Double boost for Lille
French club sign keeper Elana; extend Balmont's deal
Last Updated: July 2, 2012 8:26pm
Steeve Elana: Has signed at Lille on three-year deal
Lille have signed goalkeeper Steeve Elana on a free transfer following his departure from Brest and extended the contract of influential midfielder Florent Balmont.
Elana has penned a three-year deal in the north of France after leaving Ligue 1 rivals Brest at the end of last season.
The 31-year-old told the club's official website: "On signing here, I have the feeling that I am becoming part of something huge, you couldn't dream of a better place to express yourself as a footballer."
Balmont, 32, has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2015.
The former Lyon player has made 126 league appearances since moving to Lille from Nice in 2008.
Elana's signing follows that of France midfielder Marvin Martin from Sochaux last month.