After Watford, Ismaël Koné aims even higher

If finding himself in the English second division with the Watford club is already a feat for a 20-year-old player, the Quebecer does not intend to stop there.

He dreams big. It must be said that the owners of the English club are the same as those of Udinese, a club in Serie A, the first Italian division.

I wanted to go to a club that really wanted me, the player and the person that I am, with my qualities and my faults. The development project there is excellent. They like to develop for resale, so it’s perfect for me to try to go furtherhe explained.

The plan at the moment is to go to Watford and help the team move up to the English Premier League. We are in 4th place at the moment. Everything is possible. At the end of the season, we will see what will happen.

Ismaël Koné did not really have the opportunity to celebrate his transfer. He left Qatar to go straight to England to close the deal. He is now back in Montreal for a few weeks before officially moving to Watford. He thinks he could be ready to play the game on January 7.

Canada’s Ismaël Koné controls the ball during the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar

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Koné’s progress has been meteoric. He officially signed his first professional contract with CF Montreal in August 2021. In February 2022, he made his first MLS appearance and, at the World Cup, he appeared in all three of Canada’s games.

It’s crazy. Russian mountains. By choosing this life, I knew what I was getting into, but I didn’t think it would go so fast. I’m in Montreal and I’m going to move to London. I have to adapt, but it’s the life I chosehe underlined.

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He was only six years old when he left Côte d’Ivoire with his mother to immigrate to Canada. This transfer is symbolic for him, but it is also a great moment for his whole family.

For my family, I think it’s very big. In Côte d’Ivoire, football is very big, it’s like a religion. My father also played, but could not finish his career due to injury. I think he would be proud of me and the family is very proud of me because I finished what he started in quotes and I can go even further. It is therefore an immense pride, I am happy.

He clenches his fists.

Ismael Kone

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By the way, Ismaël Koné wanted to thank his CF Montreal teammates, but also his former coach, Wilfried Nancy, without whom, he admits, he would not have progressed so much over the past year.

» It was sometimes very hard. I am a player who needed it. I think I needed to understand some things, whether tactically, whether as a player and off the pitch. It is enormous. He helped me a lot and I will always be grateful to him. »

A quote from Ismael Kone

At 20, Ismaël Koné will become, in a way, the face of Quebec soccer on the international scene. He becomes a model for these young people who aspire to a career as a professional player, a responsibility that the main interested party does not take lightly.

I want young people to believe in it and say to themselves that it is possible. If you work hard and are dedicated, you will be successful in everything you do in your life. I hope young people look at me and dream through me and think it’s possible.

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