Born in Buea, Cameroon, Clinton Njie started hitting his first balls at the age of 5. At 13, he was spotted among 80 other young people to go play at the Brasseries du Cameroun. Spotted by Patrice Girard, the scout of Olympique Lyonnais in Africa, Njie arrived in Lyon in 2011 on the advice of Jean-Flaubert Nono, the brother of the former Lyon defender Jean-Jacques Nono, manager of the school Brasseries du Cameroun football club in Douala. For him, “It was a challenge to come to France. From a very young age, I wanted to become a footballer …” Upon his arrival at the club, Njie spent several difficult months at the OL training center, where the language barrier has long hampered this great shy man . His agent is the former Beninese footballer Laurent D’Jaffo.
Professional debut at Olympique Lyonnais (2011-2015)
Clinton Njie arrived in Lyon on August 2011 . He joined the club’s U19 team and quickly team 2, which played in the CFA and formed with Nabil Fekir and Anthony Martial the attacking trio of this team. He made his professional debut in Ligue 1 on November 28, 2012, during a match against Reims at Gerland. On May 29, 2013, he signed his first professional contract for Olympique Lyonnais. He is a substitute in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue lost to PSG and does not come into play.
On August 7, 2014, he scored his first professional goal against FK Mlada Boleslav for a 2-1 victory in the second leg of the Europa League third preliminary round. On August 10, 2014, he caused a penalty against Rennes which will be transformed by Alexandre Lacazette in a 2-0 victory. On September 24, 2014, he scored his first goal in Ligue 1 against Lorient for a 4-0 victory, the very day he extended his three-year contract with Olympique Lyonnais until 2019. Much criticized at the start of the season, despite everything, he finished his first season as a starter with a total of 7 goals and 7 assists thanks to good performances in 2015 and asserted himself as the third element of the Lyon attacking trio with Lacazette and Fekir.
On August 15, 2015, he initialed a five-year contract in favor of Tottenham for a total amount of 17 million euros (14M + 3 bonus).
Passage through Tottenham Hotspur (2015-2016)
He played his first match with Tottenham on September 17, 2015, entering a Europa League match against Qarabağ. During the seventh day of the championship, he offered an assist to Erik Lamela for a four-goal victory against Manchester City. For his first half-season in England, he took part in fourteen matches, including eight in the championship. The club finished in third place in the Premier League. Not used and not falling within the plans of the coach, he is loaned after only one year at the club.
Loan then transfer to Olympique de Marseille (2016-2019)
On August 31, 2016, he was loaned with an option to buy from the London club Tottenham to Olympique de Marseille. He played his first match in his new colors, coming into play against OGC Nice a few days later. On Sunday September 25, 2016, against FC Nantes, Clinton Njie scored his first goal for Olympique de Marseille at the Stade Vélodrome.
The final transfer was made official on July 16, 2017 by the Tottenham club, for an estimated amount of 7 million euros.
In the summer of 2018, he was close to joining Sporting CP on loan. The transfer was finally canceled at the last moment, the player having failed the medical examination.
Dynamo Moscow (since 2019) Change
In July 2019, he signed a four-year contract for Dynamo Moscow. His transfer is estimated at 5.5 M € . He scored his first derby goal against CSKA Moscow in the 85th minute. Dynamo will win 1-0.
Clinton Njie was called up for the first time with the Indomitable Lions on August 24, 2014 by Volker Fincke in order to play the qualifiers of the CAN 2015. He scored his first goal against the Democratic Republic of Congo then a double against Côte d’Ivoire which gives him a first record of three goals in two matches .
At the end of December 2014, he was summoned by coach Volker Finke to compete in the CAN 2015 with his teammate Henri Bedimo. The selection ended up last in the group.
He was part of the list to participate in CAN 2017. He was called up in the first two matches, the selection of which finished second. He remained on the bench during the other matches and saw his team win Senegal and Ghana before being champion of Africa by beating Egypt at the final.