09 - 04
By Guillaume Mahot
International Cameroonian defender and CAN winner 2017 Nicolas Nkoulou will spend the next years of his football career in the Italian Serie A, in Torino FC precisely, after his president Urbano Cairo announced that his option to buy had been automatically exercised.
Having played thirty games with Torino, Nkoulou was supposed to be bought by his today’s club if he played a certain number of games, which has been done this weekend after the win over Inter Milan 1-0. Owned by French club Olympique Lyonnais, his loan dated back to last summer after a complicated season in French Ligue 1.
Nkoulou, who played in AS Monaco, Olympique de Marseille and Lyon, historic clubs of France, had not experimented an adventure abroad before this one. Aged 28 years old, the native of Yaoundé won the Coupe de la Ligue in 2012 with Marseille but did not manage to become champion.
Frustrated in Lyon where he barely played fifteen games, the exile in a brand new league was the opportunity for him to take a new start and find back confidence, what he undoubtedly achieved in Torino where he plays every single game. Positioned in the middle of the ranking, Torino has nothing to hope nor fear in this end of season.