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Kone confirms desire to leave Wigan

ESPN staff
June 23, 2013
Arouna Kone has been targeted by West Brom © PA Photos

Wigan attacker Arouna Kone has revealed he has had a number of 'approaches' from clubs as he declared his desire to leave the relegated club.

The 29-year-old Kone experienced both joy and misery with the Latics last season, winning the FA Cup but tumbling out of the Premier League at the same time.

But despite describing Wigan's current predicament as a "real shame", the Ivory Coast international has no intentions of sticking around to help with the battle to instantly return to the top echelon.

"You always have ambitions as a footballer, and I don't intend to play in the English second division," he told 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.

"I've had plenty of approaches. I can't reveal the names of the clubs. But Crystal Palace have gone up, and from the moment a club is in the Premier League that is good for me.

"I'm under contract with Wigan for two more years. But if there is an offer that is good for both me and Wigan I will seek to leave."

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