The Ivorian winger has been in stunning form this season.
AS Saint-Etienne attacker Max Gradel is one of the more wanted players in Europe this summer. The Ivorian is believed to be on his way back to AFC Bournemouth this summer. He previously had a loan spell at the club and has also played for fellow English sides Leicester City and Leeds United.
But despite seemingly being on his way out of the club Gradel is still playing in pre-season for Les Verts, and not impressing.
His manager Christophe Galtier has defended playing the player however in an interview this week. He is quoted by L’Equipe as stating why he is still playing the player, and how he hopes his move to England is finalised soon:
"Obviously that his preparation was complicated by the demands of English clubs. The fact remains that Max is under contract and, having spoken with him 48 hours before the game, he said he was available on a mental level to give maximum for the team and the jersey he respects a lot.
“We know that Max has the desire to reach England. I hope that everyone will come to an agreement and that Max will be happy from next week."
It was reported by The Mirror earlier this month that Gradel was all set for a £6 million move back to the South Coast and in recent days those reports have gained momentum.
Galtier seems to be suggesting that the move should be done some time next week.
Gradel had a stunning season in Ligue 1 last term. After impressing at the African Cup of Nations he came back and scored 13 goals in 13 games for the club after he returned from the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.