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#FootyTransfers: Elisha Owusu joins countryman Gideon Mensah at AJ Auxerre

Ghana international Elisha Owusu has completed a return to French football after signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with AJ Auxerre.

The Ligue 1 side, on Monday afternoon, announced securing the transfer of the midfielder from Belgian side KAA Gent on a deal that will run until the end of the 2024/25 season.

“A new international joins the ranks of Auxerre! AJA is pleased to announce the signing of Elisha Owusu for two and a half years.

“The defensive midfielder, who will wear number 42, arrives from La Gantoise (Belgium), the club in which he has been playing since 2019,” Auxerre wrote on their website.

The Montreuil-born came through the youth academy to the senior team of Olympique Lyon and got farmed out to Sochaux before taking up a new challenge in neighbouring Belgium with Gent in summer 2019.

But after 126 appearances in all competitions over three-and-a-half seasons, including featuring in the Uefa Champions League, the Europa League and winning the Belgian Cup, he has taken up a return to France.

At Auxerre, Elisha Owusu joins his compatriot Gideon Mensah with whom he travelled to the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.

Auxerre are caught in a relegation fight after 19 games in the 2022/23 Ligue 1 campaign. They are second from bottom in the 20-team standings with 13 points.

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