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Ivory Coast international Traore returns to Victory

Western United FC show a glimpse of the preparations going into their debut season in the A-League.

Experienced Ivory Coast defender Adama Traore has signed a one-year deal to return to A-League powerhouse Melbourne Victory.

Traore, 29, first played for Victory between 2012 and 2014 and returns to Australia after stints in Portugal, Turkey and Switzerland, where he played Champions League and Europa League football with FC Basel.

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He joins Socceroos duo Robbie Kruse and Andrew Nabbout in returning to the club for the 2019-20 campaign.

"When the opportunity presented itself to bring Adama Traore back to Melbourne, we absolutely wanted to make that happen," said coach Marco Kurz.

"Adama is an experienced player that has proven himself in Europe and at Melbourne Victory previously, and he will add a lot of quality to our backline."

Adama Traore
Adama Traore previously played for Goztepe in the Turkish top flight.

Traore, who has 12 caps for Ivory Coast, also played for the now defunct Gold Coast United and gained Australian citizenship in 2013.

He has started the settling in process in his adopted home and looks forward to the challenge of working with Kurz.

"Marco has spoken to me about the style he wants to play, which as an attacking full-back is something that excites me," Traore said.

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