Wolfsburg’s Dante poised for Nice switch

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VfL Wolfsburg defender Dante has revealed he is close to securing a move to Ligue 1 side Nice, just weeks after penning a new contract.

The 32-year-old former VfL Borussia Mönchengladbachch and FC Bayern München centre-back, who recently committed himself to the Bundesliga side for the new season, has apparently had a change of heart.

The player is keen to play European football this season, something he would have missed out on in Germany, with Wolfsburg finishing a disappointing eighth last season.

The deal will reportedly be concluded once Dante passes his medical at the Allianz Riviera, where he will be reunited with his former Monchengladbach coach Lucien Favre.

And speaking to Sport1 television, he said: “I wanted to join Nice because the challenge with the Europa League is really good.

“I have a great deal of respect for Lucien Favre. He helped me a lot during my time in Mönchengladbach, while my wife also speaks French.”

Dante, who will sign a three-year contract with Nice, added: “I still wanted to stay in Wolfsburg a fortnight ago and I was certain that I would play the season with them at that time, but then a completely different situation arose a short while after.”

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