“Desperately looking for central defenders!” In Rennes, we will soon put this poster on all the walls of the city. A month has passed since Nayef Aguerd (26) left West Ham for €35m and his replacement is still nowhere to be found. Worse, a week after the transfer of the Moroccan international, Warmed Omari, the other holder of the central hinge last season, had a pubic operation. He was absent for three months. Not a defender has to be found but two to 17 days before the continuation of Ligue 1 against Lorient.
Time is running out and failures are increasing. However, there are many avenues that Florian Maurice and his team are exploring. When Aguerd left, the Bretons looked to Kaan Ayhan, the Turkish player from Sassuolo. Despite the qualities of the man and a transfer estimated at 5 M €, the case did not proceed. Jason Denayer was once a prime target. The Belgian is experienced, he knows Ligue 1 and has been out of contract since leaving OL. But after some negotiations, the player gave no sign of life, perhaps waiting for a better opportunity. He should eventually replace Bremer at Torino.
From disappointment to disappointment
That’s when Kim Min-Jae appeared. Bruno Genesio knows him well because of guiding him to Beijing Guoan but this case is not simple. Fenerbahçe is greedy and above all, the competition is tough. We will see it later. “The big priority is to have these two defenders as soon as possible, because they are very important positions, they are the basis of our team in the defensive game but also in what we want to do, stand out . the ball comes from behind, and so the sooner we have the elements, the better we can work on the automatisms”, explained the Rennes coach on 2 July. It was, to say the least, a failure.
Since then, the names have accumulated and will not go to the end. Apparently there is the case of Samuel Umtiti, who was kept in Barcelona, and Genesio appreciated since their common years in Lyon, but his physical condition was divided by Rouge et Noir. Feyenoord’s stalwart central defender Marcos Senesi was also quoted without further ado. Especially in Morato that Stade Rennais turned. This time, the problem is called Benfica, which has already refused three offers to the Breton, the last €12m, plus €3m in bonuses.
Badé, the only experienced central defender 17 days from the start of the season
Faced with his inability to recruit a central defender, the last 4th in Ligue 1 began his preparation with Loïc Badé as the only “experienced” player in the position. At 22, the one who arrived last summer from Lens against 17 M € had a complicated first season in Rennes. Guilty of mistakes despite the right overall performances, he gradually lost his place and was injured for a long time. At the start of the preparation, for example he teamed up yesterday against Caen with Jeanuël Belocian, 17 years old and 11 minutes in Ligue 1 in the legs.
Then Noël Françoise, 19 years old and without a professional appearance, replaced his young teammate on the hour mark, he was a defensive midfielder by training. Very little if you’re looking to compete at the top of the league table. “It’s good to get experience through these games. After all, we know very well that we have the requirements of this position and we are waiting. But for now, I’m with our players. It is in them that we must trust, in them that we must improve. Fatalist in the mixed zone, as evidenced by the comments reported by Western FranceBruno Genesio was starting to lose patience.
To a new failure with Kim Minh-jae
“No, not painful, just a bit annoying. Because we have to work, a hinge requires automatisms, at the moment we are not doing what we want, but that is one of the things we have to manage. Again, my role is to reassure, to send signals to those who are there, so that they can improve and it will still be useful. If the technician is still thinking “confident” to realize the arrival of Kim Minh-jae, everything suggests that we are heading for a new disappointment. ACCORDING Heaven Italy, the South Korean will go to Naples, who will pay the €20m release clause. Alexander Djiku is now the hottest track but Rennes are far from alone, once again…