Lokomotiv capture Congo's Ndinga from Monaco on permanent deal

Delvin Ndinga
Delvin Ndinga

Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow have exercised the option to buy Congo Brazzaville international midfielder Delvin Ndinga from AS Monaco, the French side have announced.

Ndinga joined Lokomotiv last summer on loan from Monaco and enjoyed an impressive campaign, making 23 league appearances and playing eight times in the Europa League to help the capital club to the round of 32 in Europe.

The 28-year-old is expected to sign a long-term contract with the Russian outfit.

A statement from Monaco read: "Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow have taken up the option to sign Delvin Ndinga permanently."

After arriving at AS Monaco from AJ Auxerre in the spring of 2012, Ndinga played his part in the club's return to the top flight, making 25 appearances in Ligue 2 during the 2012-2013 campaign.

The midfielder then spent the next two seasons on loan at Greek side Olympiakos before heading to Lokomotiv Moscow last summer.

Ndinga made his international debut for Congo against Sudan on 8 June 2007 in a 2010 World Cup qualifier and has gone on to make 36 appearances for his country.

He scored his solitary goal for the Red Devils in a 2018 World Cup qualifier as Congo came from behind to defeat Ethiopia 4-3 in Addis Ababa in November 2015.

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