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Kalou not joining Botafogo for holiday: agent

Xinhua
12 Jul 2020, 10:51 GMT+10

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou has not joined Botafogo for a holiday and is focused on winning titles with the Brazilian club, according to the agent responsible for his move to Rio de Janeiro.

Kalou will arrive in Brazil next week to undergo a routine medical and sign an 18-month contract, having parted ways with Germany's Hertha BSC in June.

"He is very focused. He's not coming to Rio de Janeiro to take a vacation," Kalou's representative, Marcos Leite, told Globo Esporte. "He wants to create history at Botafogo."

Kalou is the second high-profile signing for Botafogo in less than six months following the arrival of Japanese playmaker Keisuke Honda in February.

According to Leite, Botafogo were able afford the pair because of contract structures offering an ample share of commercial revenue and generous performance incentives.

"The negotiation with Kalou was in line with the agreement reached with Honda," Leite said. "He will be entitled to a percentage of the sale of products under his name and a salary that corresponds to the financial reality of the club. Kalou came in much the same way as Honda," he added.

Kalou's 17-year professional career has included spells at Feyenoord, Chelsea and Lille. The 34-year-old has been capped 97 times for the Cote d'Ivoire national team, scoring 28 goals.

The Brazilian Serie A season is scheduled to begin on August 9, having missed its scheduled May start because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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