Nkoulou reveals Torino commitment
Nicolas Nkoulou claims Torino went back on a promise to sell him in the summer transfer window but he remains committed to the club.
The 29-year-old Cameroon international defender had scored four goals in 77 appearances in two seasons with the Serie A side going into this season.
However, Nkoulou had stressed a desire to leave during the summer with Roma thought to be keen on securing his signature.
But, Torino insisted that he stayed put and have since suggested that his head is not in the right place to feature in boss Walter Mazzarri’s plans.
Nkoulou has subsequently been left out of the first team since the side’s Europa League play-off first leg against Wolverhampton Wanderers on August 22.
When asked about his thoughts about the club’s stance, Nkoulou, who joined the club from Lyon on an initial season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal in 2017, told L’Equipe: “I’m a loyal and honest man.
“In my career, no team-mate, coach or director has ever questioned my professionalism, my education even less so.
“A professional must inform their employer if they’re not in the best condition to accomplish their mission, which I did respectfully with my Coach and my teammates.
“For me, a man is defined by the respect for his word. Unfortunately, I’ve realised promises are difficult to keep.
“I’ve taken due note that my bosses refused to let me go over the summer. True to my principles, I go back to work without these events affecting my motivation, professionalism or ability to defend the Torino colours because their history and fans deserve it.”
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