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“I’m very happy in Florence” – Kouame denies Wolverhampton Wanderers speculation

The Ivorian striker has been linked with a move to the Premier League side, although he is delighted to stay with Purple One

Fiorentina star Christian Kouame has denied speculation about a possible transfer to the Premier League side, saying he is happy on the side of Italy’s elite division.

The Ivorian international has had a tough campaign in the Italian elite division 2020-21 – scoring once in 33 league appearances for Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Despite a below-par season, the 23-year-old has been linked with a move to Wolves. In a conversation with BBC Sport , the striker claimed he was not aware of the rumors in the Italian media.

“I heard about it too, but my agent didn’t really tell me anything,” Kouame said.

“I just put a weird year behind me, I know I could have done more and I’m very happy in Florence.

“Everyone welcomed me with open arms, the city is beautiful and my wife and my son are here with me. The club will have to tell me that they don’t need me anymore, otherwise I’m happy to stay.

“Someday in the future I would like to play in another country though.”

Internationally, the former Genoa player will aim to impress the national team’s coaches with the aim of making the squad for the Tokyo Olympics in June.

“When I injured my knee and came back to Italy and had surgery, I was so sad to leave my teammates behind,” he continued.

“We all want to be in the tournament. The Olympics are a once-in-a-lifetime event and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“We were drawn in a group with Brazil, Germany and Saudi Arabia, we know it won’t be easy but we want to prove ourselves.

“I spoke to Junior Traoré about (Italian club) Sassuolo, we are good friends.

“We will meet at training camp and together hope for a call-up for Tokyo. I also know (from Manchester United) Amad Diallo, he is also a very good player; any good player is welcome because we need the help from all! “

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