"He comes from afar, he …", Traoré found himself the holder of the FCN


Charles Traoré against Frédéric Guilbert of Caen in February in Caen. – CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

  • Charles Traoré (27) has become almost inevitable as an FCN left-back.
  • The Malian had taken a test at Jonelière in 2015.
  • Traoré, who did not do a training center, followed a rough and bumpy route before reaching the highest level.

His history with the FCN has had an aftertaste of unfinished business. Summer 2015,
Charles Traoré (27) – who could still hold Sunday (3:00) against Amiens at La Beaujoire – has barely time to put his suitcase at Jonelière's loop to finally join Troyes (L2). A short pass of eight or nine weeks in the most complete anonymity.

"Friendly matches have been proposed and done, recalls Philippe Mao, reserve coach at the time. It was closed for him. Professionals especially where
Michel Der Zakarian already has his holders in the left-back position (Moimbé and Veigneau, then Lenjani).

"Charles, he comes from afar, he …"

"I was a little old …" grants the person. 23 years and a high level experience. It must be said that in 2015 the Malian has just come out of a two-year period at FC Azzuri Lausanne in the 3rd or 4th Swiss National Division. Traoré was elected revelation there in 2013 in place of the left side or central defender, but the distinction does not value a very subtle curriculum.

"Charles, he comes from afar, he …", confesses Philippe Mao, current head of the FCN recruitment cell. Very far away. From the bottom of the staircase. And the player – who has regularly relegated Lucas Lima to the rank of substitute starting from January – owes a lot to a man: Bakari Sanogo, agent and friend of the player.

He stands up to Moussa Sissoko

"In Aulnay-sous-Bois, he lived 5 meters from my mother's house, I saw this little boy grow up. Always respectful of everyone", says what he always believed in him. In Aulnay, little Charles evolved "into the first division of the district or PH", according to Sanogo. Rather in a role as a defensive midfielder, his training position. "He had enormous physical potential, lots of competitions, qualities he always has," the agent said. I have always accompanied him because I knew that it was a blow to play with him. "

In 2013, C & # 39; is an event that marked Bakari Sanogo. "I organized an opposition between the players I work with at Aulnay. They were Moussa Sissoko, Sheikh M & # 39; Bengue, Prince Oniangué, etc." In a duel with the first name, Traoré (21) challenge for its speed and strength in impact. "In the last few passes, Moussa had finally recovered the ball, but Charles had impressed me, he remembers what is always his representative. I thought he had lost enough time like this. So he undoes this contract in Switzerland which will allow his foal to do football his work for two years.

A return to Nantes for … 500,000 euros

But it is above all in Troyes where Traoré drills at the highest level. Participate in five games only when he arrived at the Aube during the 2015-2016 season (Ligue 1). A slit in the foot slows him down in his discovery of the French elite. "He hurt me, but he didn't want to say anything to the coach," recalls Bakari Sanogo. I had to intervene The player stops to heal himself. He then resumed the bandwagon the following season in Ligue 2 and almost left the left side of the defense. Also in L1. "An entire season (34 matches in L1 in 2017-2018)," said the defender.

Bakari Sanogo, having excellent relations with the Kita family, is once again breathing the name of his protégé at FCN last summer. Lucas Lima, number 1 on the left, is on the starting line, but the management of Nantes thinks more of him to be a jacket. "It was not our first choice, even for this place of No. 2, admits Philippe Mao. A number of people had doubts about his ability to evolve into L1 …" Finally, against a transfer fee of 500,000 euros , Traoré arrives at Jonelière (for three years) in the last hours of the transfer window.

"I had in a corner of my head to come back here, admits Charles Traore. My agent always used to say to me laughing for several years that I was returning to Nantes. I didn't believe it too much. Because he didn't believe that one day he would become the ; incumbent to the left-back position of the FCN.


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