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Ex-Liverpool, Monaco defender Traore not using Seattle Sounders as retirement village

Seattle Sounders new boy Djimi Traore says he is not coming to MLS to simply end his career at a lower level.

The 32-year old French-born defender signed with the Sounders just under a week ago and was quick to point out that he has arrived in order to help the club achieve succees.

"I'm not…here to retire," Traore said Wednesday after his first training session with the Sounders.

"I know that the football club never (has won the) MLS for example, so for me it is a target. It's like I want to be part of the history of that club.

"I want to be part of the team that wins the first MLS Cup."

Traore, who has played with such clubs as Liverpool, Lens, Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth, Rennes, Birmingham City, Monaco and Marseille, says he is excited about the season ahead after learning plenty from his agent about North America's domestic league.

"He talked to me a bit about MLS and things like that," he said. "He said it was Seattle, and that was exciting because from Europe I know it is a very great club, you know; and I am so pleased to join the MLS."

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