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Roger Assale explains reasons behind Dijon move

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Ivory Coast international Roger Assale joined Ligue 1 relegation candidates Dijon to test himself against in a top-five European league.

Roger Assale established himself at Young Boys in the Swiss Super League. With a respectable goal haul of 37 strikes in 104 competitive outings, he was a man in demand. 

However, the Ivory Coast international has joined Ligue 1 strugglers, Dijon. Assale shared that he accepted the Owls offer as he wanted to play in a top-five European league. 

The prolific forward stated that he was content at Young Boys but the prospect of playing in Ligue 1 was an offer he could not refuse. 

“The most important thing is to feel that the club really shows the need to recruit you. In addition, when you play for a club that is part of the five best championships in the world, it gives you gives even more motivation,” Assale told Dijon’s official website.

“The goal for me was to reach a new level. The Swiss championship is good, but Ligue 1 will allow me to continue my progress. It’s a new challenge that awaits me and I will give the best of myself to contribute to the development of the team and the club.

“I am very happy, honored and motivated by the idea of ​​wearing the Dijon jersey.

“I watched Ligue 1 regularly on television because it is one of the best championships in the world.

“To learn, you always have to look at what is best. It will not be easy against great teams and very good players, but I will give my best and always push forward.”

Assale arrived in Switzerland after making a name for himself with Congolese club Tout Puissant Mazembe. He spent the last six months of the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Leganes and now joins Dijon.