Nice axe Lamine Diaby-Fadiga, 18, for STEALING team-mate Kasper Dolberg’s £62k watch

NICE axed teenager Lamine Diaby-Fadiga after he admitted to stealing team-mate Kasper Dolberg's £62,000 watch.

The youngster, 18, confessed to nicking the striker's timepiece, which went missing on September 16.

Nice axe Lamine Diaby-Fadiga, 18, for STEALING team-mate Kasper Dolberg’s £62k watch2 Lamine Diaby-Fadiga was axed by Nice and has now signed for Ligue 2 side Paris FCCredit: Getty

And after an internal investigation, the Ligue 1 decided to sack their forward with immediate effect.

Now Diaby-Fadiga has joined the second-division side Paris FC on a free transfer and agreed to reimburse Dolberg for the watch.

Nice said in a statement: "Following the confession of the player, the Club made the decision to break the contract of the attacker… with immediate effect.

"Beyond any sporting and financial considerations, OGC Nice can not afford to accept such behavior and to ignore such a fault.

"It is about his credibility, about the trust that unites all his employees and, more broadly, all the members of the red and black family."

The striker, 21, was fuming when his timepiece was stolen on September 16 and reported it to police.

In a hugely embarrassing incident for Nice, their prodigy Diaby-Fadiga admitted to the theft and was interviewed.

It is also reported that video surveillance footage emerged of the nicking taking place while Nice and Dolberg are expected to drop the criminal investigation.

Diaby-Fadiga is one of the most promising prospects in France and was at the club from the age of 13, making his senior debut three years later.

Nice axe Lamine Diaby-Fadiga, 18, for STEALING team-mate Kasper Dolberg’s £62k watch2 Kasper Dolberg had a £62,000 watch nicked from the dressing-room by his Nice team-mateCredit: Getty

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He has represented Les Bleus at U16, U17 and U18 level but will now be forced to resurrect his career and repair his reputation by dropping down a division.

Britain's richest man Jim Ratliffe successfully completed a takeover of Nice in August and instantly began splashing some of his £21bn on new players – including Danish superstar Dolberg.

He joined Patrick Vieira’s outfit after bagging 33 times in 78 league appearances for Ajax.

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