Max Gradel Reveals St-Etienne Exit Plan

Written by Peter Pedroncelli

Ivorian striker Max Gradel has revealed the fact that he will be leaving his French Ligue 1 club in a conversation with media in his native country.

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winner was honest with reporters in Cote D’Ivoire, mentioning that he is set for a departure from his current side, but due to the fact that a deal is not yet agreed, he preferred to keep the details to himself.

“This is not the time to talk. You push me to be honest,” Gradel told journalists in Cote D’Ivoire, according to SuperSport.

“I’ll be frank with you, I’m actually leaving. I’m leaving Saint-Etienne for another destination. But I will prefer not to say more since nothing is done,” he added.

It is believed that his club would like to hold on to the player, but a return to England may be on the cards, with newly promoted Premier League side Bournemouth linked to a move for the footballer, who previously played for Leeds United.

A transfer to Russia’s Lokomotiv Moscow was reportedly turned down by Saint-Etienne, but an offer of around $12million may be enough to convince the French side to part ways with Gradel.

The AFCON champion missed a number of games for his club while at the Nations Cup in January and February, but returned from the competition in stunning form.

The talented striker scored 17 league goals while adding three assists from 31 appearances for Les Verts in Ligue 1 during the 2014-15 season.

Gradel was amongst a selection of ten African players who were nominated for the Marc Vivien Foe Award in the recently-concluded campaign, which recognises the best player from Africa based on their performances in the French Ligue 1 over the season.