Bordeaux new signing Gideon Mensah starts training day after sealing loan move

Gideon Mensah has started training with new club Girondins Bordeaux after completing his loan switch from Australia on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old wasted no time in joining his new teammates at practice a day after being signed from RB Salzburg when Bordeaux prepare for the upcoming Ligue 1 season.

“Straight to work. No time to waste. First training session,” wrote the Black Stars player on Twitter.

Bordeaux announced the capture of the Ghanaian defender Gideon Mensah on a season-long loan from Red Bull Salzburg.

“FC Girondins de Bordeaux is pleased to announce the arrival of Gideon Mensah, on loan with option to purchase for the coming season,” the Girondins announced on their official website.

“Talented left-back, RB Salzburg player in the Admiral Bundesliga (Austria), he was loaned to Vittoria Guimares last season. In Portugal, he made 22 appearances on the left side.

“The club welcomes him!”

The former WAFA player is Bordeaux’s first summer recruit and will wear jersey number 14. The number became free following the departure of centre-back Vukasin Jovanovic in 2017.

In the Primeira Liga, the 23-year-old started in each of his 22 appearances made for RB Salzburg.

“Gideon is a modern defender. He will bring us all his energy. He is a player who will please our supporters because he gives everything,” Bordeaux sporting director Admar Lopes said.

“Personally, I would also like to thank him for trusting us in this new project.”

It is his third loan spell since joining the Austrian giants from Liefering in the summer of 2019. Mensah has spent the past two seasons on loan at Zulte Waregem and Vitoria Guimaraes respectively.

At Bordeaux, the full-back could make his Ligue 1 debut against Clermont when the club’s season gets underway on Sunday.

Mensah has been a regular member of the Black Stars since the appointment of Charles Kwablan Akonnor as coach of Ghana.

He played in the friendly defeat to Morocco in Rabat last month.

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