STARS IN EUROPE - IVORY COAST - CLUB - COACH - Max Gradel explains Toulouse loan move

Ivory Coast's Max Gradel explains Toulouse loan move.

18 Aug 2017
STARS IN EUROPE - GHANA - CLUB - Kevin-Prince Boateng returns to Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt

Kevin-Prince Boateng returns to the German Bundesliga

17 Aug 2017
NATIONAL TEAM - SOUTH AFRICA - CLUB - COACH Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic is back in Orlando

Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic is welcomed back as coach.

11 Aug 2017
STARS IN EUROPE - SENEGAL - CLUB - Alioune Ndiaye joins Galatasaray

Papa Alioune Ndiaye leaves Osmanlispor after two years.

5 Aug 2017
STARS IN EUROPE - NIGERIA - CLUB - TRANSFER - Leicester sign Kelechi Iheanacho

Iheanacho has scored 12 times in the Premier League in 46 apps.

4 Aug 2017
National Team - Mauritius - Coach - Francisco Filho named as the new coach

Francisco Filho worked under Sir Alex Ferguson.

2 Aug 2017
STARS IN AFRICA - Ghana - CLUB - Brimah Razak joins South Africa's Sundowns

Brimah was fined for a video he posted during the Africa Cup.

1 Aug 2017
STARS IN EUROPE - SENEGAL - CLUB - TRANSFER - Sarr 'rejects Barcelona' for Rennes move

Ismailia Sarr made his debut for Senegal at the 2017 Africa Cup

27 Jul 2017
STARS IN EUROPE - Tunisia - CLUB - TRANSFER - Sliti joins Dijon on loan

Unwanted Tunisia's Sliti joins Dijon on loan.

26 Jul 2017

STARS IN EUROPE - IVORY COAST - CLUB - COACH - Max Gradel explains Toulouse loan move

FC Toulouse Max GradelEmbed from Getty Images


Max Gradel says he was worried his international future with Ivory Coast would be affected with lack of playing time at Bournemouth

Ivory Coast international Max Gradel has insisted his loan move to Toulouse was not prompted by a falling out with Bournemouth.

Gradel did not start a Premier League game for Bournemouth last season and is now at the French club until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old is relishing playing regularly and a return to France.

"I understand the French league and coming back here was not a difficult decision," Gradel told BBC Sport.

"There was no problems or whatsoever with Bournemouth, but the chance to play regular football was too good an opportunity to turn down,

"Even though it's tough when you are not getting regular football, but I always enjoyed support from everyone connected to the club."

The former Leeds United player joined the Bournemouth from French side St Etienne in 2015 and signed a new four-year contract the following year.

Despite a lack for regular playing time for Bournemouth he was part of the Ivory Coast squad at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The winger, who has scored eight goals in 50 appearances for his country, felt his lack of opportunities was going to affect his international career.

"There's personal desire play regularly for club and country this season, considering the World Cup qualifiers throws up a big competition for places," he added.

"So my decision to go out on loan is based purely on football and ambition.

You have to make a strong case for yourself by playing regularly wherever you are.

"It's what's best for me and my career because I want to help my country qualify for Russia and play in the World Cup."

Gradel played in all three of Ivory Coast's games at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon as the defending champions failed to get past the group stages.

He has played in four African Cup of Nations tournaments with the Ivory Coast and was a member of the 2015 title-winning squad in Equatorial Guinea.



18 Aug 2017
(BBC Sport by Oluwashina Okeleji)

Related countries

Related articles