The Leeds United man has given an insight into training now the players are back for pre-season.
The centre-back quickly became a fan favourite after arriving on loan from Palermo last season and the 30-year-old ended the campaign as a key member of Neil Redfearn’s side.
Redfearn has since been replaced as Leeds manager by Uwe Rosler but that did not stop Bamba from putting pen to paper on a deal earlier this summer, and now he is targeting a return to match fitness and a successful full campaign at the club.
When asked what it was like to be back training, Bamba told LUTV, “Yeah, great, obviously a lot of running and a lot of football players don’t like that but it’s got to be done to get the fitness levels back up again.
“We touched the ball a bit today so we were happy, but it’s got to be done even if it is not the best part of what we like to do but I’ve enjoyed it so far.”
Bamba initially arrived at Leeds having played just once all season for Palermo, but he did not look back after his January signing and went on to feature 19 times for the Whites, scoring one goal and brilliantly marshalling the back-line week after week.
Bamba has since committed his long-term future to the club and he could be their most important player next season considering his experience and his talent.
When asked if there was ever a time earlier in the summer when he worried he might not sign permanently, he said, “To be fair with negotiations it can take some time or it can be done quickly, but obviously (Leeds) was always my target, my number one, so it was an easy decision to be honest.”