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Official: AFC Bournemouth sign Sylvain Distin

Posted: Wed 01 Jul 2015

Sylvain Distin has signed a one-year contract to become AFC Bournemouth’s sixth summer arrival.

Distin joins the Cherries on a free transfer following the expiry of his deal at Everton, where he spent six seasons and made more than 200 appearances.

The 37-year-old has played in the top flight for more than a decade after spells with Manchester City, Portsmouth and Newcastle United, as well as the Toffees.
An FA Cup winner with Pompey in 2008, the six-foot-four defender has also played in the Europa League.

Having spent time on loan at Newcastle in the previous season, he signed for Manchester City on a permanent basis in the summer of 2003 and was named the club’s player of the year at the end of his debut campaign.

He was then signed by former Cherries manager Harry Redknapp and played a key part in the most successful chapter in Portsmouth history, winning his first major honour in English football as he collected an FA Cup winner’s medal in 2008.

Distin moved to Merseyside after two seasons at Fratton Park and set a new record for the most appearances made by a foreign outfield player in the Premier League, with his current total standing at 457.