Youssouf Kone on choosing Lyon over Newcastle United
Youssouf Kone on choosing Lyon over Newcastle United
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Youssouf Kone on choosing Lyon over Newcastle United

Mali international Youssouf Kone revealed that he was offered the opportunity to sign for Newcastle United this summer but he opted to make a move to Lyon instead, according to Shield Gazzette.

In an interview with OL-Mercato, Kone said: “OL made an approach, and I did not think for a single second. I said to myself, I’ll go there.

"The project pleased me. I followed the French Championship when I was in Mali, and Lyon is a team that has always played football.

“If I had looked at the financial side, I would have gone to Newcastle, but I preferred to look at the sporting aspect.”

Newcastle eventually signed Jetro Willems and Emil Krafth - Willems made his official debut for the club on Saturday, August 31.

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