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Cardiff City snap up ex-QPR, Arsenal and Nottingham Forest defender

Cardiff City have confirmed on their official club website that free agent defender Armand Traore has returned to the Cardiff City Stadium for a second spell at the club, coming in to provide cover at left-back for the Bluebirds.

30-year-old defender Armand Traore has put pen to paper on a short-term contract with Championship side Cardiff City, joining the club for a second spell after training with the Bluebirds before coming in to provide cover at left-back.

Traore has been training with Cardiff City over the course of the past six weeks building up his fitness after his departure from Turkish side Caykur Rizespor earlier this year. The Paris-born Senegal international played four games for Cardiff during a loan spell from Nottingham Forest in 2018.

Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock has been speaking to the club’s official website upon the confirmation of the deal, saying:

“Armand has signed as cover. He’s been with us six weeks and he’s just about got up to fitness. It’s a short contract in case anything happens. Fans know him. He’s got a very good left foot and loads of ability. He has trained really hard in the time he has been with us. It’s an appearance-based contract as well, so it’s up to him.”

Traore started out in the youth academy of Monaco before joining Arsenal as a youngster, getting his breakthrough into senior football with the Gunners. Since making his senior debut, Traore has played for the likes of Portsmouth, Juventus, QPR, Nottingham Forest, Cardiff and Caykur Rizespor.

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