When it comes to talking about the transfer window, Florian Maurice is not used to remaining silent. The sports director of Stade Rennais is used to passing in front of the camera to take stock of the Breton objectives. Yesterday, the first excerpts from his passage on the local channel TVR allowed to know that Bruno Genesio was to extend his contract for two years. This morning, West France has published all the topics covered. Still in the overtime department, Rennes would like to shield their defender Hamari Traoré, but also their midfielder Benjamin Bourigeaud, both under contract until 2023.
Discussions are soon planned with the Traoré clan, but obviously, Bourigeaud is marinating his club. “Benjamin, I have already discussed with him and his agent to find an extension solution. I think Benjamin was very clear. He’s been at the club for five years, he wants to go elsewhere, to discover another league, another culture. (…) We submitted a proposal, today, I have no positive feedback. Doesn’t mean I won’t have any by the end of the market. » Aware of his player’s desires elsewhere, Maurice has made it known that he does not intend to impose a deadline and hopes to find a smooth solution.
Maurice confirms contact with Mandanda
On the arrivals side, Maurice confirmed the possibility of seeing Rennes hire two central defenders. Owner François Pinault has claimed him and the sale of Nayef Aguerd to West Ham for €35m is forcing the Bretons to find a replacement for him. On this occasion, Maurice confirmed our information relating to an interest from Rennes for the South Korean defender of Fenerbahçe, Kim Min-Jae. “I know him pretty well. He’s one of the ideas I have, because he’s the age I’m looking for. He is a player who corresponds to the characteristics of a player who has played in a high block, because Fenerbahce is a team that is dominating in the championship, he knows how to manage depth, so he is one of the players that I appreciate. »
Finally, after having implicitly indicated that Alfred Gomis’ performance did not quite correlate with the expectations of the club’s managers (especially for a player bought for €10m), Maurice confirmed contacts with Steve Mandanda (OM ), Yann Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach) and Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray). “The idea is to get an experienced player. Steve Mandanda, Yann Sommer and Fernando Muslera, whom you cite, fit the criteria I am looking for. They have the international experience which I think would do us a lot of good. I can say that for the three, I was able to have an exchange with their intermediaries. » Business to follow.