Defender with Nigeria heritage and ex-Liverpool product joins Moffi at Lorient


FC Lorient have announced the acquisition of Portuguese footballer with Nigeria roots, Tiago Abiola Delfim Almeida Ilori on loan for the rest of the season from Sporting Lisbon of Portugal.

Tiago Ilori born in the United Kingdom on February 26th 1993 to Nigerian father, Kola Ilori was developed by Sporting Lisbon before he signed for Liverpool under whom he was loaned out to Granada, Bordeaux, Aston Villa and Reading before he rectraced his steps cack to Sporting CP

A press statement made available to from the club’s official website wrote:

“FC Lorient is pleased to announce today the arrival in the form of a loan without option to buy Tiago Ilori (27 years old, 1m90), the Portuguese central defender of Sporting CP.

“Trained at Sporting CP, with whom he played from youth teams up to professional level, Tiago Ilori then wore the colors of Liverpool, Granada, Bordeaux, Aston Villa and Reading for a total of 173 matches in all competitions (3 goals , 3 assists).

“The former Portuguese U21 international (10 caps, 1 goal) will therefore return to Ligue 1, a championship in which he has already played with the Girondins (12 matches, 1 goal) during the 2014-2015 season.” can confirm that the central defender would be wearing jersey number 4 and the player expressed his resolve to help Lorient avoid the dreaded relegation at the end of the season.

“It’s a great challenge for me when I join FC Lorient. I am ready to help my new team achieve their goal of maintenance at the end of the season,” Ilori said in an interview with the club’s official website picked up by

“I know that the group is of quality, we saw it yesterday afternoon against Paris SG. We have weapons to promote. I’m also happy to be back in Ligue 1 and I can’t wait to meet my new teammates.”

Christophe Pelissier, the coach of the Merlus, is satisfied with the arrival of Tiago Ilori in Morbihan: “We wanted to strengthen ourselves defensively. It is now done with the arrival of Tiago Ilori. He is a player who, through his visits to Portugal, Spain, England and France, will bring us his high level experience and different cultures.

“Tiago has athletic qualities, speed and I am convinced that he will quickly blend into our group. We are happy to welcome him among us today.”


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