22.07.2021Bayer 04

Bayer 04 sign Ivorian international Kossounou

Bayer 04 have signed central defender Odilon Kossounou from Belgian champions FC Brugge. The Ivory Coast international has signed a deal with Leverkusen to 30 June 2026.

"I'm happy the transfer to Bayer 04 has gone through. The two years at FC Brugge were great above all, of course, because of the two league titles we won," said the 20-year-old Kossounou. "But the Bundesliga is something completely different. I want to show at Leverkusen that I am a top player at this level and that I can help the team."

Rolfes: "Odilon has everything"

Sporting director Simon Rolfes characterises the Ivorian as "extremely quick, mobile, very strong in the tackle and technically good. Odilon Kossounou has made a rapid development as a really young player in the past two years in Belgium," said Rolfes, "he still hasn't exhausted his full potential. Odilon has everything to be able to play an important role in our team in the future."

And sporting managing director Rudi Völler is impressed by the 1.91 metre tall international who has won four caps for his country so far: "We are very happy that we were able to complete this transfer. Odilon Kossounou fits in perfectly with us. A central defender with impressive dynamism and body language plus great potential in the game. He will do very well for us in the next few years."

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