CF Montreal confirmed on Monday that midfielder Ismaël Koné will transfer to Watford FC, in the English second division, from 1uh next January.
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The Impact did not announce the amount obtained, but renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano indicated on Sunday that it was the most lucrative transfer in team history.
« I would like to thank the club for everything they have done for me, » Koné said in a statement. I grew up as a player, but also off the pitch. I had a lot to understand, but the people here helped me progress. I’m grateful because I had the opportunity to start my career at home. »
At only 20 years old, Koné has just experienced his first World Cup with Canada. He participated in the team’s three defeats in the group stage, not without scoring a goal.
He has played in each of his 26 Major League Soccer (MLS) games for CF Montreal in 2022, scoring two goals while adding five assists.
“We are very happy for Ismaël, declared the vice-president general director of sports, Olivier Renard. Its evolution and the outcome of this transfer were very rapid. The Club has helped him grow as a player, but also as an individual, and I’m proud of his progress. »
“When the talent is there, it’s not a question of age or experience. He made his choice among several options available to him. Ismaël is certainly a good example for young Montrealers and Quebecers.
It will certainly be a heavy loss for CF Montreal, who also lost Djordje Mihailovic and Alistair Johnston in transfers, and who will have to replace Victor Wanyama, who has expressed his intention to go and play elsewhere.
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