Former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele has paid £180,000 to open a new medical centre in Mali, The Mirror report.

The paper say the facility has been opened in the village where his father is from and will provide first aid, nursery and maternity care for the local community.

It’s part of a wider effort on Dembele’s part to build up the village and also ensure there are sports pitches and other facilities available.

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The 23-year-old is said to be providing ongoing financial support after he made a lucrative move to Ligue 1 from the Scottish Premiership.

The French striker made a £19.7m switch to Lyon from Celtic Park back in 2018 (BBC) and is likely to be earning plenty of money as one of Lyon’s most important players.

He’s netted an impressive 22 goals in 42 appearances so far this season and has been fancied to make an even bigger move to another of Europe’s top five leagues.

Lyon forward Moussa Dembele

Lyon forward Moussa Dembele / (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP via Getty Images)

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It’s nice to see him spread his wealth in a constructive way in a community that is clearly close to his heart. A medical centre is likely to be as important as ever as the current health crisis continues worldwide.

Footballers have an important role to play right now, both in terms of donating directly and also setting an example for supporters to follow.

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