Former Man City striker still looking for club

By Mirror: Tuesday, August 13th 2019 at 10:43 GMT +3 | Football
Former Manchester City star Wilfried Bony [photo courtesy ]

Ex-Manchester City and Swansea player Wilfried Bony has been training with League Two side Newport County as the 30-year-old cannot currently find a new team.

Bony, who has also played for the likes of Vitesse and Stoke City, was sent on loan by Swansea to Qatari side Al-Arabi in January, and was not offered a contract extension upon his return.

Despite representing Ivory Coast during the Africa Cup of Nations over the summer the striker has not been able to find a club who is willing to take him on, and so has been training with Welsh side Newport to help keep up his fitness levels.

Posting a photo on Twitter , Newport manager Michael Flynn said: "Great to have Wilfried Bony training with us. Excellent work ethic, professionalism and standard. Boys will take a lot from this."

Newport finished seventh in League Two last season, agonizingly losing 1-0 to Tranmere Rovers in the playoff finals following a last minute goal in extra time.

The facilities at the club are most probably a world away from those Bony is used to. He took the Premier League by storm during his first spell at Swansea, scoring 16 goals during the 2013-2014 season.

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His impressive performances earned him a £28m move to Manchester City in 2015, making him at the time the most expensive African footballer ever.

He failed to live up to expectations at City, however, and scored just 10 goals in 46 games over two seasons before being loaned to Stoke and then sent back permanently to Swansea.

He made just seven appearances in the Championship last season before being sent to Qatar, and appears to be some way past his prime.

It remains to be seen if Bony finds a new team over the coming weeks, with English clubs having until September 2 to register their final squads.

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