Kapo: 'Auxerre is my home'
Journeyman forward Olivier Kapo has signed for Auxerre on a one-and-a-half-year deal, and the former France international says he already feels right at home at the club where he began his professional career back in 1999.
Olivier Kapo has certainly done the rounds in his 12-year professional career, spending time with Juventus, Monaco, Birmingham, Wigan, Celtic and Qatari side Al-Ahly but he says that his return to Auxerre, where his youth and professional careers began, on a contract until the end of next season, feels just right.
'A special feeling'
"Auxerre is my home," beamed the 31-year-old Ivorian-born winger, who was on the books at the burgundy club for over a decade between 1993 and 2004. "I came here at the age of 13, and it was thanks to this club that I became a France international, and that I won trophies. It's a special feeling here, a real family with which it's impossible to cut ties."
Although the club has endured a tough start to the 2011-12 season and currently sits in 16th place with just four wins from 20 league outings under new coach Laurent Fournier, Kapo feels that no challenge is too great and that the club has the necessary ingredients for success.
'Lucky to wear the shirt'
"A big part of why I signed here is to help the side rediscover their motivation," explained the nine-times capped France international, who trained with the Auxerre reserve side for three weeks before putting pen to paper on Monday. "The lads don't fully realise it at the moment - when I was here before, we all wanted to get out and see how things were overseas - but Auxerre has nothing to envy in other clubs. Well, apart from their finances [laughs]. The club has everything it needs to make progress.
"You know, I've travelled a lot, and still I often found myself saying, 'damn, Auxerre was fantastic'. I want to remind the younger players of this truth: we're lucky to be wearing this shirt."