The 26-year-old Malian left-back has found a new home in France, but on a short-term contract
French club Troyes have loaned defender Youssouf Kone from Lyon.
The Malian international moved to the French after a one-year contract with no purchase option.
“Left-back Youssouf Kone (26) has been loaned to Troyes by Olympique Lyonnais for a period of one year (June 2022) with no purchase option,” said Troyes on their official website.
“Born on July 5, 1995 in Bamako (Mali), Kone trained there as a left-back from an early age.”
The statement continues: “In July 2013, Kone was recruited from Lille and played his first two seasons at LOSC B before signing his first professional contract in January 2015.
“Looking for more playing time, the defender moved to Reims in 2017 on a one-season loan. In Reims he made an excellent start to the championship in Dominos Ligue 2 and is considered one of the great architects of their rise in Ligue 1 Conforama in the 17/18 financial year.
“Back at the Mastiffs in 2018, Lille extended his contract for three more seasons, a symbol of the trust that the Malian team has shown. The departure of Fode Ballo-Toure from AS Monaco enabled Kone a starting place at LOSC.
“In the 2018/19 season he took part in 23 games and restored trust in the club’s management.”
Kone started his international career in 2015 with Mali U20, in the same year he also played in the Africa Cup and the World Cup (both at U20 level).
In one year he played 17 games and even scored three goals, and in 2015 he made his first-team debut against Benin.
Kone has already started training with the promoted team under Laurent Batlles and will most likely play his first league game against Paris Saint-Germain next weekend.