Stewart Donald comments on Lamine Kone’s Sunderland future

New Sunderland owner Stewart Donald poses outside the ground at the Stadium of Light on May 21, 2018 in Sunderland, England.

Lamine Kone is on loan at Strasbourg from Sunderland.

Lamine Kone of Sunderland heads the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Sunderland at Craven Cottage on April 27, 2018 in London, England.

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald has suggested on the Roker Rapport podcast that Lamine Kone will not be at the club next season.

Kone has been on the books of Sunderland since January 2016 when he joined from French club Lorient for a transfer fee reported by The Sunderland Echo to be worth £5 million.

 

The 30-year-old central defender joined French club Strasbourg on a season-long loan deal from the Black Cats in the summer of 2018.

According to WhoScored, the Ivory Coast international has made 20 starts and two substitute appearances in Ligue 1 for Strasbourg so far this season, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process.

According to Transfermarkt.co.uk, Kone’s current contract with Sunderland is until the summer of 2021.

Sunderland owner Donald has suggested that Strasbourg will take up the option to sign the defender on a permanent contract.

Sunderland's Lamine Kone blocks Preston's Sean Maguire during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Preston North End at Stadium of Light on March 17, 2018 in Sunderland,...

Donald has also suggested that even if the French club do not sign him, Kone will not be at Sunderland next season.

Donald said about Kone on the Roker Rapport podcast, as transcribed by The Sunderland Echo: “The club he's at have got an option which they can exercise if they want to keep him for a fee, we believe that is likely.

“If that doesn't happen based on what we're being told and how we feel, I think he'll find another club, I'd be amazed if you see Lamine back here in a Sunderland shirt.”

Sunderland owner Stewart Donald talks to the fans during the Sky Bet League One match between Sunderland and Wycombe Wanderers at Stadium of Light on November 17, 2018 in Sunderland,...

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