Niels Nkounkou has expressed his desire for stability this summer and hinted at the possibility of making a permanent move to Saint-Etienne, writes the IF.
After being loaned to Championship team Cardiff City for the first half of the season, he returned to France with Saint-Etienne, where he has had a successful period, contributing to the club’s avoidance of relegation from Ligue 2.
There has been speculation about a permanent transfer to Saint-Etienne, fueled in part by a reported purchase clause of €2m in the loan deal. Nkounkou himself has acknowledged his desire for stability in his career.
With 16 Ligue 2 appearances for Saint-Etienne, Niels Nkounkou has made significant contributions to his team, scoring six goals and providing eight assists for his teammates. Despite being primarily a left-back, the French club has frequently used him as a left midfielder.
“I would like to fix myself to a project, to no longer find myself in uncertainty every summer, without knowing where I will be for the season”, he was quoted as saying by French magazine Le 10 Sport.
“I would like to find stability somewhere. In recent years, I have moved around a lot, I have spread out a bit and now I want to settle down.
“Changing clubs necessarily plays on your mind. When you know that at the end of the season you will surely no longer be there, that you will return to a club where you do not know if you will be able to stay even if you fight, it makes you think.
“It’s not always easy to live with, whether for me, or for my relatives, who follow me every time.”