While ASSE coach Claude Puel didn't want Fofana sold, it was eventually accepted he should depart given the club's financial needs.
Fofana told L'Equipe: "If we left on good terms? I sent him a message after my formalisation to tell him that, despite the last few days between us, I do not forget that it is thanks to him that I am here.
"Yes (he answered me), telling me that he wanted to keep me but that he accepts my choice. He is proud of me. It's great. I do not leave angry with the coach. The club has needs and I am leaving them with a lot of money. Everybody is happy. I didn't want to go to war with my training club. It has given me everything since I was 14. I know I can call them if I need to. And vice versa."