Sunday Jul 18, 2021. 17:19
Ghana international Kamaldeen Sulemana has been snapped up by Stade Rennais amidst interest from former European champions Manchester United and Ajax Amsterdam.
The French club reportedly paid a €15m (£13m/$18m) fee plus add ons to Danish side FC Nordsaelland for the 19-year-old attacker’s services as they beefed up their squad ahead of the new season.
Sulemana, who signed a five-year contract with Rennes, revealed that joining the Red and Blacks was his best choice.
“I am very happy to join Stade Rennais FC, a very good French club. The project meets my expectations. The Ligue 1 Uber Eats is one of the best leagues in Europe,” Sulemana told the club’s official website.
“There is a very good team in Rennes, a lot of talent. I know the club is famous for its training. For a young player like me, this is the best choice for progress.
“I have come to help the team achieve their goals. It is a great challenge to take up.”
Rennes Technical Director Florian Maurice lauded Sulemana as a player with enormous qualities as he welcomed the teenager to the club.
“We wanted to strengthen our attack. He is a player capable of evolving both out wide and in the centre as well. He scores goals and knows how to make the last pass,” he said.
“He has enormous qualities, he has speed and percussion, he can make the difference. “It was important for us to bring an additional offensive weapon to the team.
“This is good news for the club. He is a great rookie because he is a player who was in demand. “We managed to do what was necessary to attract him to Rennes. Which at first was not necessarily obvious,: he continued.
“We were competing with clubs like Ajax and others in the Premier League. We show that we are able to attract players of this standing. It’s a satisfaction for the whole club.
“I have known him since he was in Denmark. He’s a player we’ve followed all season. Now he’s going to have to work and get up to speed because he doesn’t know Ligue 1 Uber Eats.
“It’s a tough championship. It’s up to him to fit in well. He has some notions of French so it can go quite quickly.”