Traore re-signs with Melbourne Victory

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Ivory Coast defender Adama Traore will remain in navy blue for the next A-League season having re-signed a one-year deal with Melbourne Victory for the 2020/21 campaign.

Traore is in his second spell with Victory, having won the Victory Medal as the club’s best player in the 2013/14 season.

He left immediately after, spending five seasons in Portugal, Switzerland and Turkey before returning to Melbourne in 2019.

Adama Traore is a valuable member of Melbourne Victory on and off the field, says head coach Grant Brebner. Credit:Getty Images

The 30-year-old is under no illusions about the scale of the challenge Victory faces after their worst ever season.

« We know we have a lot of hard work to get back to playing the football our members and fans expect, but I’m looking forward to returning for pre-season training, » he said.

Head coach Grant Brebner said that Traore was « the ultimate professional and a fierce competitor » but crucially, he added: « he understands the Victory culture, our standards, our expectations and the way we want to play.

« He is such an important member of squad because he leads by example and cares for his teammates on and off the pitch.

« Not only is Adama a reliable defender, he has an incredible work rate and provides us with the ability to quickly transition from defence to attack. »

Michael Lynch is The Age’s chief soccer reporter and also reports on motor sport and horseracing

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/traore-re-signs-with-melbourne-victory-20200925-p55zbp.html

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