Kanoute set for Sevilla exit

Frederic Kanoute is set to leave Sevilla in the summer after seven seasons at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Kanoute has failed to secure a regular place in the Sevilla side this season and rumours of his departure have continued to circulate, with Russia and the US identified as potential destinations for the Mali striker. Kanoute now intends to finish his illustrious career in Kuwait, and is in the process of finalising a move there, according to a report in AS.

The Premier League in Kuwait is looking to compete with other Arab countries and wants to bring in as many stars as possible. Veteran performers like Kanoute, seeking their last major professional contract, appear to fit the specification for the desert state’s top teams such as Al Qadsia, Al Arabi and Al Kuwait, but Kanoute insists his present focus is only on Sevilla.

“My career will be over here in Europe, but I want to feel important at this club and to finish well here,” he told AS.

Kanoute added that, while he remained at Sevilla, his priority was to help Los Nervionenses to finish among the European qualification places in La Liga. However, despite initial signs of improvement after Michel replaced Marcelino as Coach in February, Sevilla’s results have continued to be inconsistent. Victories over Osasuna and away at Valencia were followed by a draw with Atletico Madrid and defeats to lowly Sporting Gijon and high-flying Barcelona.

Once again, Kanoute is not guaranteed a place in Michel’s starting line-up for tonight’s visit to struggling Racing Santander. The Coach has several attacking options for the match at El Sardinero, with Alvaro Negredo returning from injury, and Manu del Moral and Senegalese striker Baba also in contention.

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