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Forest Green sign former Spurs and Chelsea defender Marcel Lavinier from Swindon

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Forest Green have swooped for defender Marcel Lavinier on a permanent deal from Swindon Town.

The 22-year-old came through the ranks at Chelsea, before making a switch to Tottenham Hotspur in 2020.

Lavinier made one first-team appearance during his time at Spurs, with Jose Mourinho sending him on as a second-half substitute in a 4-0 Europa League win against Wolfsberger AC.

Last summer, the exciting full-back joined Swindon Town in search of more first-team football. He made 25 appearances for the Robins, showing his versatility by playing at both right-back and left-back.

After signing for Rovers, Lavinier said: “I’m excited to be here and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I want to help get the club back to where it belongs.

“I’m energetic, I get up and down the pitch. The fans can expect to see a hard-working player who will give his all.”

FGR Head Coach, David Horseman, added: “Marcel is a really exciting full-back who can play either at left-back or right-back. When we sat around and discussed targets for the position, he was definitely our number one target.

“He’s very attacking, technically strong and a powerful runner. He has the potential to kick on and play a level or two higher at least.”

Rovers’ Director of Football, Allan Steele, said: “We are very excited to welcome Marcel to the club. 

“I’m lucky to have seen Marcel at various different stages of his career and we believe this is an excellent next step for him. A big thank you to everyone at Swindon for their efforts to make this happen.”

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