Arouna Kone Announces Intention to Leave Wigan Athletic

Kone wants to the leave the club following their relegation from the Premier League.

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Wigan Athletic striker Arouna Kone has announced his intention to leave the club this summer following the Latics relegation from the Premier League, Sky Sports reports.

The Latics expect several of their key players to leave this summer and Kone has said that he wants to continue playing in the top flight because he feels his best is yet to come.

The striker scored 11 goals for Wigan last season and was one of the clubs success stories in his debut season.

Kone is already 29 and wants to make the most of the time he has left in football and feels that his future now lies away from Wigan following their relegation.

“You always have ambitions as a footballer, and I don’t intend to play in the English second division,” declared Kone in The Sun.

“Wigan have gone down, which is a real shame. It’s up to them to set out their stance about my situation. I aim to play for one of the best clubs in England, and I hope I will get the chance”.

Kone’s former boss at Wigan, Roberto Martinez, is understood to be interested in signing the striker at his new club Everton and could be ready to pay £5 million for him.

Martinez is also reportedly interested in Kone’s team-mate James McCarthy, who was a key figure in the Spaniards team at Wigan.

However, the Latics won’t let McCarthy go cheaply and Everton may have to pay around £15 million for the midfielder.

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