Bakary Kone has joined French club Strasbourg on a season long loan from Spanish Primera Liga side Malaga.
Arguably the best central defender on the African continent for the past 4-5 years, the Burkinabe returns to France after just a year in Spain with Malaga.
“It feels good to return to France and I’m ready to give everything to defend the colours of Strasbourg,” he told the club’s official twitter account.
His new manager Thierry Laurey was also equally excited by the defender’s decision to join the club as they bid to keep their top tier status beyond just this season.
We’ve been searching for an experienced and dynamic defender like this for a while, so I’m pleased with Kone’s arrival.
The 29 year old dread locked cum defender will link up with the side after Burkina Faso’s back to back FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Senegal early next month.
Kone enjoyed the best of club career in France where he won French Cup in 2009 with Guingamp and 2012 with Lyon.
He has made 62 appearances for his country – scoring twice and has played in five consecutive Nations Cups in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.