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Koné quits Racing Santander and joins Osasuna for free

by Heath Chesters | Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2014

Ivorian striker Mamadou Koné, who scored the late lifeline for Racing Santander in the Copa del Rey during midweek, has severed his ties with the Cantabrian club and will now sign for Osasuna.

Mamadou KonéDespite their exciting, against all odds run in the Copa del Rey this season, the dire financial situation at Racing Santander continues to plague them.

With players reportedly unpaid since beyond last November, due to Spanish labour laws and AFE (Professional Footballers Association) guidelines, many of their players are now in a position where they can break their contracts with Racing Santander.

In just a matter of 48 hours since their match at Anoeta, already goalkeeper and Spain U21 international, Dani Sotres, has left the Segunda B side, moving to Segunda team Recreativo de Huelva.

Following suit on Friday, Ivorian striker Mamadou Koné, scorer of the late goal for Racing Santander in the Copa del Rey at Real Sociedad, that offered the team a fighting chance ahead of the second-leg. He won’t be participating in that game at El Sardinero however, having secured his exit from the Cantabrian club. Having terminated his contract with immediate effect, in the presence of legal advisers and agents at a Cantabrian employment tribunal centre, His destination now Osasuna in the Primera.

Perhaps underlining just how poorly managed Racing Santander are at board level, is the fact that Osasuna actually offered them €100,000 to sign Koné, with the player set to join in the summer. A bid which was ultimately rejected. Having gone unpaid for so long, Koné and his representatives have taken matters into their own hands, secured an exit from Racing and now, the club will receive nothing.

Racing manager Paco Fernández is now left with just 16 players in his first-team squad and due to the transfer embargo in force, for the debts in unpaid salaries to players and staff, they’re unable to sign anyone else.

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