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Kone hands in transfer request

Sunderland defender Lamine Kone has handed in a transfer request, citing that he was not given an improved contract.

Kone, 27, joined Sunderland in January from French side FC Lorient. He’s got four years remaining on his current deal, but said he was promised a new contract at the end of last season after the club avoided relegation. With the new contract not materializing, Konte has handed in a request to leave the Stadium of Light.

“At the end of last season I was told by the club that I would be offered a new contract,” Kone said. “Following numerous phone conversations and face-to-face meetings, the latest of which took place today with David Moyes and Martin Bain, no contract has been forthcoming.

“It is therefore with much regret that I can only assume that I do not figure in David Moyes’s future plans.

“With that being the case it is with much sadness that I have asked the manager and the chief executive to be allowed to leave Sunderland Football Club.

“However, until that time I give my word that I will give my utmost in training and on the field.”

Kone was brought in for £5 million, and was the subject of a £17 million bid from Everton last week that Sunderland rejected. Chelsea are also rumored to be interested in the Ivorian international. Kone made 15 Premier League appearances last season and scored two goals as the Saints avoided the drop zone, finishing in 17th place.

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