Brandon Soppy and Eduardo Camavinga are among the young talents that Stade Rennais would like to keep.


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  • Young striker Georginio Rutter is not sure whether to extend his lease at Stade Rennais.

    Other young players are wondering about their future.

  • The "new status" of the Breton club, renowned as one of the best training centers, makes it difficult to integrate young talents.

  • The lack of competition among young people and in reserve due to the Covid-19 epidemic is not helping the players, who are deprived of matches.

Will extend?

Will not extend?

Very smart who will know in which jersey the young Georginio Rutter will evolve in the coming months.

Decked out with his number 35, the number of the Ille-et-Vilaine department, the young Stade Rennais striker is not immune to the sirens of foreign clubs.

At the end of his contract in June, the 19-year-old striker played a few pieces of pro games this season with his training club, even planting a penalty in the Champions League.

While some sources send him to Hoffenheim (Bundesliga), his coach Julien Stéphan had been lucid before the match in Brest.

“The situation is not simple but the dialogue is not broken”.

The former club reserve coach had taken the opportunity to send a message to all his young people, like Rutter but also Brandon Soppy, who would hesitate to stay.

“You might think at times that the grass is greener elsewhere, but in reality this is not often the case.

I have been able to observe those who have left Rennes in recent years, see their journey and it is hard to say that the majority have had more playing time ”.

"We all want to play quickly"

Renowned as one of the best French training centers, Stade Rennais plays its youngsters like Camavinga, Truffert or Gboho, who could go on loan to Nîmes.

But on the bench or in reserve, many talents knock on the door of an already well-rounded workforce.

“When we see young people who want to leave, we tend to think that they are impatient.

But you have to understand them.

They often signed pros at 16 and are waiting to play.

When this is not the case, they wonder, they take stock of the past years, ”said Laurent Mommeja, scout for young talents and founder of the site

From the top of his 23 years, Gerzino Nyamsi was sometimes in doubt in Rennes, but he stayed.

“I think it's important to be patient.

It's not that it doesn't affect me, it's just that we are patient.

We all want to play fast.


"The Camavinga case does not help"

The situation is made even more complicated by the freezing of youth and reserve competitions.

Weaned from matches, the kids get impatient and seize the slightest opportunity to play.

For Laurent Mommeja, the "new status" of the club chaired by Nicolas Holveck makes the emergence of new talents even more difficult.

“The workforce is very strong.

Young people are entering a rotation and it is not easy to get them to play a lot.

Julien Stéphan is not afraid to throw young people but some play little.

Maybe he feels they are not ready.

Camavinga's case does not help.

It is so precocious that we think that everyone can do the same ”.

Laurent Mommeja takes the example of Thomas Tuchel, who launched a few young people from the PSG training center but did not know how to keep them.

“Players like Christopher Nkunku or Moussa Diaby preferred to leave to play more.


The most common solution is to offer these young people on loan, so that they gain playing time and become more experienced.

This is already the case for Sacha Boey (Dijon) and Lilian Brassier (Brest) and it will soon be for Yann Gboho.

In the past, several talents have thus matured by surveying the lawns of Ligue 2. We will cite the example of Sofiane Diop, who had left Rennes to sign pro in Monaco in 2018. It took him a season at Sochaux to return impose themselves on the Rock.

Young Wilson Isidor has almost taken the same path.

Loaned by Monaco to Laval before landing in Bastia (National), the young striker trained in Rennes finally wins, two years after leaving Brittany.

Grass sometimes takes a long time to grow.


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