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DONE DEAL | Charlton secure Rod Fanni on loan

Posted: Mon 01 Feb 2016
Author: Olly Groome
Rod Fanni

Rod Fanni

Charlton have signed former France international Rod Fanni on loan until the end of the season


Olly Groome reports

Charlton are delighted to announce the arrival of former France international defender Rod Fanni on loan until the end of the season. 

The 34-year-old has joined the Addicks from Qatari side Al-Arabi SC with whom he joined from Ligue 1 giants Marseille in July. 

Fanni enjoyed a five-year stay at the Stade Vélodrome club, playing 138 times including multiple appearances in the UEFA Champions League, most recently during the 2013/14 campaign, and picked up back-to-back French League Cup honours, winning the trophy in 2011 and 2012.

The right-sided defender started his career with FC Martigues before joining RC Lens in 2002 where he got his first taste of European football in both the UEFA Cup and Champions League. 

Fanni’s next move took him to Nice in 2005, before a four-year stay at Rennes saw him make well over 100 appearances in the French top flight prior to him joining Marseille in 2011. 

In total, the 6ft 1in defender has played 337 in Ligue 1. 

Born in Martigues, Fanni has won five caps for his country and held a regular place in France's squad between 2008 and 2013. He joins fellow countryman and former international teammate Alou Diarra at The Valley to provide vital experience for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign. 

Fanni becomes the Addicks’ fifth signing of the January transfer window following the arrivals of Roger Johnson, Diego Poyet, Jorge Teixeira and fellow deadline-day arrival Yaya Sanogo.