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Ex-France midfielder Jeremy Toulalan joins Bordeaux from Monaco

Jeremy Toulalan had been with Monaco since 2013.

Bordeaux have signed former France midfielder Jeremy Toulalan from Monaco.

Toulalan, 32, has penned a two-year contract to become Jocelyn Gourvennec's first signing since taking over as coach of Les Girondins in May.

A statement on Bordeaux's website read: "FC Girondins de Bordeaux have completed their first big coup of the summer transfer market with the arrival of Jeremy Toulalan.

"The former Monaco player has signed a two-year contract [to June 2018] after passing his medical."

X factor players for all 16 UCL teams

Cesc Fabregas will play a key role -- both in the attack and on defense -- in Chelsea's Champions League title bid.
Cesc Fabregas will play a key role -- both in the attack and on defense -- in Chelsea's Champions League title bid.

The knockout stage of the Champions League features a number of great matchups, and each of the 16 remaining teams will rely heavily on individual performances to advance to the later rounds.

For every remaining club, there are certain individuals -- let's call them X factor players -- who in large part hold the key to their team's success in the tournament. This is not necessarily the team's most talented player; instead, these key players are recognized for either highlighting the team's strengths or hiding any weaknesses via their exceptional play.

Here is a look at X factor players for each of the 16 remaining Champions League clubs. Teams are listed in alphabetical order.

Arsenal - Aaron Ramsey (Midfield)

Injuries to holding midfielders Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini throughout the 2014-15 season have made Ramsey's defensive contributions more important, and so far the midfielder leads Arsenal with 13 total tackles in Champions League competition. Eight of those 13 tackles came in Arsenal's group-stage victories, and by providing a stabilizing presence in midfield, Ramsey opens things up for creative midfielders like Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez to provide more in the attack.


Jeremy Toulalan denies rift with Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim

Monaco midfielder Jeremy Toulalan has moved to play down rumours of a rift with manager Leonardo Jardim.

Toulalan, 31, hit the headlines for his angry reaction to being substituted during a 1-0 home defeat against Nice last weekend, coupled with an unusually hasty exit from the stadium.

The incident led to further speculation that the former France international does not see eye to eye with Jardim.

Toulalan says that his angry reaction against Nice has nothing to do with his personal relationship with Jardim.

The ex-Sporting Lisbon boss, who took over from Claudio Ranieri in the summer, left club captain Toulalan...

Jeremy Toulalan: Rawness could benefit Monaco in Champions League

Veteran midfielder Jeremy Toulalan hopes Monaco's Champions League inexperience can be a positive when they take on Bayer Leverkusen in Group C on Tuesday.

Monaco fans want refunds over Falcao shirt sales

Monaco and new coach Leonardo Jardim have endured a disastrous start to the new Ligue 1 season, with defeat to Lyon on Friday leaving Monaco second-from-bottom of the table with just four points to after five matches.

The arrival of Bundesliga leaders Leverkusen to the Stade Louis II therefore...

Monaco 'still on course for UCL'

Monaco midfielder Jeremy Toulalan said any club can have a dip in form after the principality side fell to their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season at Lille.

Ligue 1 review

Claudio Ranieri's squad were beaten 2-0 at the Stade Pierre Mauroy on Sunday evening to see the northerners ease a point ahead of them and into second place behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain. The defeat came on the back of the midweek defeat of a second-string Monaco lineup...

Toulalan cools Falcao to Madrid talk

Jeremy Toulalan has countered claims that Monaco teammate Radamel Falcao wants to move to Real Madrid, saying: "I don't get the impression he wants to leave."

Jeremy Toulalan believes Falcao will be staying put in the principality.
Jeremy Toulalan believes Falcao will be staying put in the principality.

Valdes keen on Monaco move

Falcao, 27, has scored seven goals in nine Ligue 1 games since moving to the principality from Atletico Madrid in an estimated 60 million euro summer move.

Despite his rapid integration...