Gradel trades France for Turkey

Côte d’Ivoire international Max Gradel became the latest African to sign for a Turkish club this week. Sivasspor was the club of choice after relegated Ligue 1 outfit, Toulouse, released the 32-year-old at the end of the campaign. 

According to Goal.com, the experienced winger signed a two-year deal with the Europa League-bound club and will join fellow countryman Arouna Kone once the pre-season starts.

“Demir Group Sivasspor, which continues its transfer duties before the new season, signed a two-year contract with Max Gradel, who played for Toulouse in the French Ligue 1 last season. Max Gradel plays on the left-wing,” the Sivasspor official club statement read as per Goal.

Despite suffering relegation from the French top-flight even after the season was prematurely ended due to the Coronavirus lockdown, the ex-Leeds United, Everton, and AFC Bournemouth man ended the season contributing a tidy seven goals (four goals and two assists) in 22 appearances.

In a career blighted by constant injury issues, the doubted talent of Gradel deserves a proper send-off, and one last ride in the upper echelons of the Super Lig could be the ideal platform.