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Gradel: If I have to leave Bournemouth, I will leave

Gradel: If I have to leave Bournemouth, I will leave

AFC Bournemouth winger Max Gradel says he will leave the Cherries in search of regular first team football if he has to.

For a number of months it has been reported that Gradel wants to leave the Cherries at the end of the season.

In January it was reported that according to Gradel's agent Desmond Tra, the Ivory Coast winger had handed in a transfer request to Cherries manager Eddie Howe.

Gradel was linked with French sides Marseille and Nantes and English sides Hull, Watford, Birmingham, West Ham and Burnley.

He however remained at Dean Court following the closing of the transfer window, but has continued to see his chances remain very limited.

In April the BBC reported that...

'Ivory Coast international Max Gradel has told BBC Sport he wants to leave Premier League side Bournemouth.

A few days later Gradel told the Daily Echo that he was...

'at an age where I can`t sit on the bench, I must play.'

Later that month, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe confirmed that he would hold talks with Gradel regarding his future, adding...

'...Max has been brilliant, he really has. His attitude has not changed. He is still a very enthusiastic and popular member of the squad. He has a great attitude to his work and we will sit down in the summer and have a talk.'

This season Gradel has made just eleven Premier League appearances, all coming via the substitutes bench and totalling just 125 minutes, with only 33 minutes coming since October 2016.

Discussing this season, Gradel told French website footmercato.net (using Google translate)...

'...I expected to play more. The coach made his choices, although I do not agree too much. I do with and I hope that next season I would make the right choices to play more...'

'...I have already said it and it is not by pretension but the players who play my position, I respect them, but if we leave on the basis of the competition then I should be holder in each game is clear. I said that because I have confidence in my qualities and I know what I am worth.

'...I have four years of contract. I will be three years after this season. I do not have any pressure. I'm an employee, I play. Afterwards, it's true that when you play less, it's complicated. I am not in a situation where I have the pressure. On the contrary. It is certain that it will be necessary to make an assessment at the end of the season and after making choices. But it is certain that we will pay more attention to the choice that will be made in the months to come. If we have to leave Bournemouth, I will leave. But I would not leave to leave, it's clear...'

'...The most important thing for me is to have fun on the pitch and play. It does not matter whether it's in the Premier League or another championship. I want to play. I am not old enough to take my salary quietly, even if it is good to be paid happily. But we do this sport and we love it because we are ready for anything. Me, I want to play is the most important...


Your Say...

SteveJonesLegend wrote...

I am positive Max could be huge for us, but he needs to convince Mr Howe and Tindal of it... His never really had long enough o the pitch to show what he can do, and 10/15 minute cameos just leave you running around like a headless chicken, trying to be everywhere and do everything...

He is very much someone who has fallen foul of our sh*te academy status and thus getting no real decent reserve opposition to get a) match fit and b) show the management what he can do...

The PL is unforgiving and you cannot 'bed' someone in, in this league (although Howe does seem to have persisted with some more than others)...

I really hope we can keep hold of him...
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Writer:DJ
Date:Tuesday May 16 2017
Time: 6:44PM

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