06:30 06 Aug 2019
European champions Liverpool FC confirmed the departure of Belgium international Simon Mignolet on Monday.
The experienced goalkeeper has returned home to join Belgian Pro League giants Club Brugge on a long-term deal.
Mignolet, who spent six years with English giants Liverpool, was part of the team which clinched the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League title as a second-choice keeper.
A club statemate read: “Simon Mignolet has today completed a permanent transfer to Club Brugge after a six-year spell with Liverpool FC that included more than 200 appearances.
“The Belgian goalkeeper departs the Reds to return to his homeland having been part of the squad that clinched European Cup glory in Madrid in June.
“A key figure in the Liverpool dressing room by virtue of his dedication, professionalism and work ethic throughout his time here, Mignolet leaves with the best wishes of everyone at the club.
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“He arrived at Anfield back in the summer of 2013 from Sunderland and enjoyed an impressive debut season between the sticks under Brendan Rodgers.
“Mignolet saved a last-minute penalty to preserve victory on his first competitive home appearance to kick off an exhilarating season that saw the Reds narrowly miss out on the Premier League title.”
Mignolet will compete with Ethan Horvath, Karlo Letica and Nick Shinton in Club Brugge’s goalkeeping department.
Peponnet and Mion keen to defend title at World Championships
The French duo of Kevin Peponnet and Jeremie Mion have no intention of letting go of their world title.
They are defending their crown at the 2019 470 World Championships and Olympic Qualification event which is taking place in Enoshima, Japan.
Fifty-three teams from 26 nations are competing in the 470 Men, and the most famous partnership in this line-up is the world number one team of Mat Belcher and Will Ryan, who are from Australia.
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The world number six ranked pairing of Peponnet and Mion have improved significantly since 2018 after beating Belcher and Ryan to the world title.
“Last year with Kevin was a big rush,” said Mion in reference to what was a newly-formed partnership ahead of the 2018 Worlds.
“Last year we had everything to do and a lot to build together.
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“We did our best and we succeed to play our best game. Now I think we have more cards in our hand.
“We know each other better, we improved our technique and our knowledge of the boat. We are faster in some conditions.”
The 2019 470 World Championships will come to an end on Friday, August 9.