El Bilal Touré unhappy with his situation at Reims

Despite returning from holiday nearly two weeks ago, Stade de Reims are continuing pre-season training without Malian striker El Bilal Touré.

Touré (19) impressively broke into the Reims side with three goals in seven games having signed from Malian outfit AFE in early 2020 but was a little marginalised last season and is unhappy with his playing time report L’Union.

Given a new coach to impress in Oscar Garcia and the departure of his main obstacle to the first team, Boulaye Dia who joined Villarreal, the timing of his absence is a little surprising given that Touré was seen as Dia’s natural successor at Reims this season.

A move may be difficult to come by given that three years remain on the Malian’s contract while SDR president Jean-Pierre Caillot explained that “It’s me who decides and he will not leave.” Touré has seven goals in 40 Ligue 1 outings for Reims to date.