New Caykur Rizespor signing Armand Traore has spoken for the first time since his move from Nottingham Forest.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency about the switch, the former Nottingham Forest defender said he’s very happy to join Caykur Rizespor as he wanted a new challenge.

Traore said, as covered by Ajansspor: “I am very happy. I played in the great clubs like Arsenal and Juventus. After all those years in England, I needed a fresh challenge. I needed a new target. I just thought this could be time to move on, and I made the decision.”

Traore also said the six past six month in England was a bad experience, putting it down to problems with Aitor Karanka: “The last six months was very tough for me. I had no problems with Nottingham Forest but the new manager had some prejudice against me. After all, I went to Cardiff and the team was going great. So I had no chance to play. It’d be selfish to say ‘Why I am not playing?’ when team is going well. After that, I just decided to come to Turkey and I am pleased to do that.”

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Traore still had one year left on his Nottingham Forest contract but it was always a strong possibility that he would leave the City Ground this summer.

The former Arsenal left back spent the second half of last season on loan at promoted Cardiff City, and made four appearances for the Welsh club.