‘I still have the strength’ – 33-year-old Drame eyes Serie A return

Boukary Drame insists he still has the hunger to play in Serie A at the age of 33.

The former PSG defender left SPAL at the end of the 2017-18 season, after playing a total of five games for the club.

Drame has endured something of a nomadic career thus far, spending two years with PSG, playing 39 times, four years with Sochaux, including a loan to Real Sociedad, as well as spells with Chievo and Atalanta.

However, he is remaining hopeful of finding another club, and maintains that he retains the quality to play in the Italian top-flight.

“I’m still waiting for a good challenge. My priority is to play again. I dont’ know what the clubs have today… It’s true that there were problems with the coach in Bergamo, I had little playing time at SPAL, but I played several seasons in Serie A and I couldn’t become a bad player overnight,” he told Goal.

He added: “I still have the strength and energy to play. But in France, at 33 years old, we tend to say you’re burned. I don’t understand why. It’s not the same mentality here, in Italy. I have played several years at the top level, I have experience. For me, the club has nothing to lose to take me.

“Without being too pretentious, I think I’ve already shown things. If I played several years in the first division, it is because I have qualities. I’m a little surprised, but I’m not losing hope. Some clubs may have gaps in my position and I stand ready if one of them needs me.”

Indeed, Drame maintains that his injuries cost him last season, with a calf injury disrupting his spell with SPAL after something of a fall-out with manager

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“The coach said, ‘with me, the injured players will have problems’.

“It went wrong for me when he arived. I regret that the medical staff didn’t help me more.

“It was not entirely my fault.”

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