Arouna Kone in Levante dilemma

Levante striker Arouna Kone’s successful season could backfire on him if he manages to score against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

The Ivory Coast international is on a season-long loan at Levante from Sevilla, whom he joined in August, 2007 for a fee of €12m from PSV Eindhoven, yet according to El Economista if he nets against Bilbao it may scupper his hopes of a permanent deal with Los Granotes.

The reason is that Kone has an unusual clause in his contract stipulating that if he scores 18 or more goals this term then his agreement with the Andalusians will automatically be renewed.

With the 28-year-old having reached the 17 mark already, something nobody expected him to achieve, Levante could face a dilemma over whether or not he takes the field against the Basques this weekend, given their desire is to keep him at the Ciutat de Valencia.

Kone has been a revelation in the last few months but has been struggling all week with a knee injury and Levante announced on Tuesday that he would miss the game. However, he has made an unexpected return to training and all eyes will focus on boss Juan Ignacio Martinez to see if Kone is selected for the final squad of the campaign.

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