Indian Super League franchise Kerala Blasters have announced the signing of Burkina Faso midfielder Bakary Kone ahead of the 2020/21 season.
32 year old Ouagadougou-born Bakary Kone at youth level played for local side Étoile Filante, where he also made is senior debut.
In 2006, Bakary Kone moved to France to then Ligue 2 side EA Guingamp, where he spend five successful years with the 2009 Coupe de France troph being the highlight.
In 2011, Bakary Kone joined French giants Olympique Lyonnais and also spend five seasons with them. In 2016, he moved to LaLiga side CF Malaga and after a season went on loan to Racing Strasbourg. In 2018, he then moved to Turkish Süperlig side MKE Ankaragücü and last season played for Russian side Arsenal Tula before now moving to India.
Bakary Kone said, “I am really excited about signing for Kerala Blasters and coming to India for the first time. I have heard a lot about the Indian Super league from (Nicolas) Anelka and he had very positive things to say. I know KBFC has one of the biggest fanbases in the ISL and I am motivated to give my 100% to the club each time I take the field. Can’t wait to join my teammates and the coaching staff in Goa and get started.”
Kerala Blasters technical director Karolis Skinkys said, “Kone is a player with notable experience and skill, having played for renowned clubs in top European Leagues. His presence will surely improve the defensive setup of our squad this season. Kone is motivated to get in shape quickly and give his best to help us fight for top positions in the League. I have no doubts about his ability and the quality he adds to the squad.”
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