Sunderland fans react on Twitter to Lamine Kone's exit plea; outraged sums it up

Sunderland's Lamine Kone celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal

The Everton-linked defender has tried to force through a move.

Lamine Kone scores the second goal for SunderlandLamine Kone scores the second goal for Sunderland

Sunderland fans have taken to Twitter to share their anger at Lamine Kone’s plea to leave the club.

The 27-year old issued a statement late last night suggesting a dispute over his contract is the main factor behind his decision to leave, with the Sunderland Echo quoting the following:

“At the end of last season, I was told by the club that I would be offered a new contract,” said Kone.

Sunderland's Lamine Kone celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goalSunderland's Lamine Kone celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal

“Following numerous phone conversations and face to face meetings, the latest of which took place today with David Moyes and Martin Bain, no contract has been forthcoming. It is therefore with much regret that I can only assume that I do not figure in David Moyes’ future plans.

“With that being the case, it is with much sadness that I have asked the manager and the chief executive to be allowed to leave Sunderland Football Club.”

The centre-back is thought to be close to a switch to Everton – as reported by the Daily Mail – and his decision to release such a forthright statement is a clear ploy to force Sunderland’s hands.

New manager Ronald Koeman during the press conferenceNew manager Ronald Koeman during the press conference

Everton are keen to strengthen their defence after the sale of John Stones and have already added Ashley Williams to their ranks.

Kone could be next to join Ronald Koeman’s new-look squad and his statement has surely pushed him closer to an exit.

The timing is also an issue for David Moyes, with the Black Cats kicking off their Premier League campaign with a daunting trip to the Etihad to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City tomorrow.

Sunderland's Lamine Kone in action with Watford's Troy DeeneySunderland's Lamine Kone in action with Watford's Troy Deeney

Despite pledging to remain professional while still at the club, Kone’s mentality will not be right, and Moyes will need to reshuffle his defensive pack for tomorrow’s game.

We’ve provided a selection of tweets on Kone’s statement from a disgruntled Sunderland fan base below:

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