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Abdul Sets Rovers Ambitions

13 February 2015

Midfielder keen to impress teammates and fans and has high expectations of himself.

Abdul Razak has said that the Doncaster Rovers fans will love watching him.

The young Ivorian has had to wait patiently for international clearance before making his move to Keepmoat Stadium but says it will be worth the wait.

“Everybody wants to win and they work hard in training. The manager wants the team to do well and you want to be in the team,” he said.

“I’ve been to clubs where I was wondering – after just one week – what I was doing there but I’ve been here three weeks and I am enjoying it so far, that’s why I was patient.

“They’re going to enjoy watching for me, that’s for sure. Hopefully I can improve my game too and get some goals too.”

At just twenty two years of age, the midfielder is well travelled having played for Manchester City, Anzhi Makhachkala and OFI Crete but said he wouldn’t go back on a promise he made to Paul Dickov and is enjoying his return to England.

“I was in Greece and was on holiday at Christmas when I got a message that the manager wanted to speak to me and had watched me for a long time, he could have signed me when they were in the Championship,” he said.

“I was interested in what he had to say and thought it would be good to return to England.

“When I was on holiday, I had a phone call off him every day and I gave him my word so then I was going to come. He had positive things to say and it’s good for me, it’s a good environment.

Following Ivory Coast’s recent Africa Cup of Nations success – ending a 23 year trophy drought – Razak has not given up hope of returning to the Elephants fold: “I’ve got a chance, when I was in Greece I was called up but got injured just before Christmas which left me out a bit. I want to chase promotion to help show everyone how I’ve improved.

“It means a lot for the country. The country has gone through a lot of problems and fighting, so after 23 years, it was good for the country.

“I wasn’t getting a lot of game time in England so went out to get experience, but English football is the best experience so I was happy when the manager gave me the confidence and the chance to come back.”


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