International Senegal will continue his professional career at the Estadio de la Ceramica after leaving the Reds and Whites
The reigning champions of the Europa League, Villarreal, announced on Monday night that Boulaye Dia of Ligue 1 side Reims will be signed.
The 24-year-old forward teamed up with the Yellow Submarine after representing the Red and Whites for three seasons at the Stade Auguste-Delaune.
Signed for an undisclosed amount, Dia was given a five-year contract after passing his medical test under the supervision of ASISA. This will keep him in the Spanish elite division until 2026.
“Villarreal CF have reached an agreement with Stade Reims for French-Senegalese striker Boulaye Dia, who will wear yellow for the next five seasons,” he said. read statement from club.
‘Boulaye Dia is already training with his new teammates on Wednesday under Unai Emery in the Sports City.
“At 24, Dia was one of the sensations of the best French championship, and showed himself to be a powerful, fast and capable striker with the ball at his feet.”
Blessed with great speed, the African took part in a total of 88 matches for the Red and Whites while finding the net 28 times.
In the 2020-21 campaign, he hosted 36 French elite division matches with 14 goals to his credit. However, his team finished 14th in the log after scoring 42 points from 38 heats.
After his move to Estadio de la Ceramica, the Senegalese star becomes the third African in the group Unai Emery. Others include Samuel Chukwueze [Nigeria] and Aissa Mandi [Algeria].
Dia will likely make his debut as Villarreal take on Valencia during Friday’s pre-season outing.
The youngster was born in Oyonnax France and started his career at Jura Sud in 2017 before moving to Reims II a season later.
Thanks to his impressive displays, he was promoted to the club’s first team where he impressed under manager Oscar Garcia.
On the international scene, he was invited by coach Aliou Cisse to represent the Lions of Teranga on October 1, 2020. Eight days later, he made his debut in the West African team’s 3-1 defeat against Morocco.
With his country taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations next year, Dia is expected to be hailed as Senegal as their first African title.