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Ivorian Seri is named best African player in Ligue 1

AWARDED: Jean Michael Seri

IVORY COAST and Nice footballer Jean Michael Seri has been named best African player in France's Ligue 1.

The 25-year-old midfielder picked up the Marc-Vivien Foe trophy after finishing ahead of Algeria's Ryad Boudebouz (Montpellier) and Cameroon's Nations Cup winning captain Benjamin Moukandjo (Lorient).

The annual award is named in honour of Cameroon international Foe who died after collapsing on the pitch in 2003.

Seri is the second Ivorian to win the accolade after Gervinho who won it back-to-back in 2010 and 2011.

Capped 13 times by the Elephants thus far, Seri has been influential for Nice this season, scoring six goals and providing nine assists to help them to third in the league.

It's also being reported that both Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in Seri ahead of the summer transfer window.

Previous winners of the Marc-Vivien Foe trophy:

2016: Sofiane Boufal (Morocco/Lille)

2015: Andre Ayew (Ghana/Marseille)

2014: Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria/Lille)

2013: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon/Saint-Étienne)

2012: Younès Belhanda (Morocco/Montpellier)

2011: Gervinho (Ivory Coast/Lille)

2010: Gervinho (Ivory Coast/Lille)

2009: Marouane Chamakh (Morocco/Bordeaux)

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