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Lucas Digne
Lucas Digne
Personal information
Full name Lucas Digne
Date of birth 20 July 1993 (1993-07-20) (age 26)
Place of birth    Meaux, Flag of France France
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current club England Everton
Number 12
Youth clubs
1999–2002
2002–2005
2005–2011
Flag of France Mareuil-sur-Ourcq
Flag of France Crépy-en-Valois
Flag of France Lille
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
2011–2013
2013–2016
2015–2016
2016–2018
2018–
Flag of France Lille
Flag of France Paris Saint-Germain
Flag of ItalyRoma (loan)
Flag of Spain Barcelona
England Everton
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National team
2008–2009
2009–2010
2010–2011
2011–2012
2013
2013
2014–
Flag of France France U16
Flag of France France U17
Flag of France France U18
Flag of France France U19
Flag of France France U20
Flag of France France U21
Flag of France France
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Lucas Digne (born 20 July 1993) is a French professional footballer who plays as a left-back for English club Everton and the France national team.

Digne began his career at Lille before joining Paris Saint-Germain in 2013. In August 2015, Digne signed for Roma on a season-long deal, before moving to Barcelona for €16.5 million in July 2016. Digne has won league titles with European heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona, despite not playing regularly at either club. He was also a key player for Roma when the Serie A giants reached the Champions League knockout stages in 2016. He joined Everton in August 2018.

Digne has represented France at under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels. He won the 2013 World Cup with U20 team. He was first called up for the senior side in February 2014, ahead of a friendly match against the Netherlands on 5 March, and made his debut in that match, as a half-time substitute. He represented France at 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016, where his nation reached the final.

Club career

Lille

Digne began his career in the academy of Lille. On 27 July 2010, Digne signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal. Ahead of the 2011–12 season, Digne was promoted to the senior team permanently and assigned the number 3 shirt. He made his professional debut on 26 October 2011 in a 6–1 victory over Sedan in the Coupe de la Ligue.

In January 2012, Digne extended his contract until 2016. The defender established himself as a fixture in Lille’s first team after making his Ligue 1 debut aged 18 in a home match against Saint-Etienne in January 2012, starting 13 of the closing 15 matches as his side pieced together a wonderful late run to finish third and claim final Champions League berth.

Digne was a regular in the 2012–13 season. He scored against Copenhagen to help the French side navigate the Champions League final qualifying round and played 44 games in all competitions. He scored his first league goal on 7 April 2013, a penalty in a 5–0 home win over Lorient.

Paris Saint-Germain

On 17 July 2013, Digne signed a five-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain, on a fee believed to be around €15 million. He made his debut on 13 September in a league match against Bordeaux. He helped PSG retain the Ligue 1 crown and halt a six-year wait for the Coupe de la Ligue in his debut season.

Digne’s second campaign at the Parc des Princes proved the most fruitful yet of the defender’s embryonic career as PSG went one better and added the Coupe de France to further league and Coupe de la Ligue successes.

Roma (loan)

On 26 August 2015, Italian Serie A club Roma signed Digne from PSG on a season-long loan deal for €2.5 million, with the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season. He made his debut five days later, playing the entire match in a 2–1 victory against title holders Juventus at the Stadio Olimpico.

Digne scored his first goal for the Giallorossi on 26 September with a close-range header in a 5–1 home win over Carpi. He featured in 42 matches during his season in Rome, with his swashbuckling presence on the left flank integral to his club leading the Serie A scoring charts and securing a top-three finish.

Barcelona

On 13 July 2016, Digne joined Spanish La Liga side FC Barcelona on a five-year deal. The fee was €16.5 million (£13.8 million), with the possibility to increase to €20.5 million (£17.1 million). On 14 August 2016, Digne made his first appearance for Barcelona in a 0–2 victory against Sevilla in the 2016 Supercopa de España first leg. Digne contested the left-back spot with Jordi Alba but nevertheless chalked up 26 appearances in all competitions in his first year in Catalonia. Barca ended the season by winning the Copa del Rey, with Digne having scored his first goal for the club in that competition as they dismantled Hercules 7–0 in the opening round.

Digne played a further 20 times in the 2017–18 season as Barcelona landed a league and cup double – the eighth and ninth major honours of his career – and was on target in a 3–1 Champions League win over Olympiakos in the October of that season.

Everton

Digne completed his move to Everton on 1 August 2018, for a five-year deal on an initial fee of £18 million, and followed Brazilian forward Richarlison in joining Marco Silva’s ranks. He made his debut ten days later in Everton's opening Premier League match against Wolves as substitute.

Due to an excellent run of form, Digne became the replacement for boyhood blue Leighton Baines, who, despite being a club legend, dropped to the bench. He scored his first goal for Everton on 10 December 2018, in the sixth minute of stoppage time at the end of a match against Watford. Watford were on the brink of a deserved three points until Digne stepped up to send a perfect free-kick beyond Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster with only seconds left, ending the match with a 2–2 draw. Digne then scored two goals in a Boxing Day match against Burnley.

Honours

Club

Paris Saint-Germain

Barcelona

International

France

External links

Everton FC
Everton F.C. squad - 2019–20

1 Pickford · 2 Holgate · 3 Baines · 5 Keane · 7 Richarlison · 8 Delph · 9 Calvert-Lewin · 10 Sigurðsson · 11 Walcott · 12 Digne · 13 Mina · 17 Iwobi · 18 Schneiderlin · 19 Sidibé · 20 Bernard · 21 Gomes · 22 Stekelenburg · 23 Coleman · 25 Gbamin · 26 Davies · 27 Kean · 29 Niasse · 30 Martina · 34 Baningime · 42 Gordon ·

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France – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Quarter-finals

1. Lloris (c) 2. Debuchy 3. Evra 4. Varane 5. Sakho 6. Cabaye 7. Cabella 8.  Valbuena 9. Giroud 10. Benzema 11. Griezmann 12. Mavuba 13. Mangala 14. Matuidi 15. Sagna 16. Ruffier 17. Digne 18. Sissoko 19. Pogba 20. Rémy 21. Koscielny 22. Schneiderlin 23. Landreau

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France – UEFA Euro 2016 – Runners-up

1. Lloris 2. Jallet 3. Evra 4. Rami 5. Kanté 6. Cabaye 7. Griezmann 8. Payet 9. Giroud 10. Gignac 11. Martial 12. Schneiderlin 13. Mangala 14. Matuidi 15. Pogba 16. Mandanda 17. Digne 18. Sissoko 19. Sagna 20. Coman 21. Koscielny 22. Umtiti 23. Costil

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