KAS Eupen has signed a new defender with plenty of top flight experience. Mathieu Peybernes joins KAS Eupen from Turkish first division side Göztepe. The 27-year-old Frenchman has played 9 Süper Lig matches for his club this season and last played the full 90 minutes in a 3-1 defeat over Galatasaray on 24 December. With 11 caps for the French national U18 to U21 teams, Mathieu Peybernes has played 167 games in the French Ligue 1 as a professional player for FC Sochaux, SC Bastia and FC Lorient. Following FC Lorient’s relegation, he was loaned from his French club to the Turkish first division side Göztepe for the 2017-2018 season. In an agreement between all parties involved, Mathieu Peybernes is now on loan to KAS Eupen until 30 June 2018.
KAS CEO Christoph Henkel was very pleased with the signing of the Frenchman: “With his top flight experience in France and Turkey, Mathieu Peybernes is exactly the player we were looking for in terms of further stabilising our defence. We are delighted that Mathieu has signed with us and will be helping KAS Eupen in the struggle to avoid relegation. We have been able to bolster our attack thanks to the first three transfers over the winter, so the addition of Mathieu Peybernes as central defender will ensure that we are also better on the defensive side of the ball. We are looking forward to working with Mathieu Peybernes and welcome him to KAS Eupen.”