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GIANNELLI IMBULA
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UPDATED 05:15 3rd February 2016

GIANNELLI IMBULA's move to Stoke City from FC Porto makes him the Club's record-signing and he arrives in the Potteries with a big billing.

Born in Belgium, the 23-year-old defensive midfielder has represented France at Under-21 level. France is also where the promising Imbula began his career at Guingamp back in 2009.

At 17 years, one month and four days he became the youngest player to play in Ligue 2, whilst promotion followed in 2013 and he was named the French second tier's Player of the Season for 2012/13.

After impressing at Guingamp, he moved to Marseille and continued to turn heads with impressive performances, both domestically and in the UEFA Champions League.

Imbula's switch to the Potteries will be his first taste of Premier League football, although he did face Arsenal in Marseille's 2013/14 campaign.

And he is no stranger to Stoke City and most of his new team-mates after facing them for Porto in July's pre-season Colonia Cup match in Germany.

It will be his second move within the last year, with Porto paying Marseille €20m for his services back in the summer.

Although he has made ten league appearances and featured in five of their six Champions League games - including both clashes with Chelsea - he struggled to hold down a regular starting berth in Portugal.

He'll be pressing for a starting place with the Potters, however, whilst looking to help City post a best-ever Premier League finish.

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