A notable recruitment for Stéphan’s squad

Published on 07/02/2024 at 3:01 p.m.
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Stade Rennais’ recruitment managers have completed the arrival of a reinforcement in defense. The club has activated its buyout clause concerning Mohamed Jaouab, sold to Amiens this winter. The Moroccan central defender has signed for the next four seasons in Brittany.

Stade Rennais faces a major challenge this summer. The Breton club had a disappointing season despite a rather ambitious transfer window last year. The arrivals of players such as Enzo Le Fée, Ludovic Blas or Nemanja Matic suggested the desire to play the very first roles in the championship and the European Cup. Finally, Rennes were unable to achieve a better ranking than 10th place, in particular because of a defensive sector that was not up to standard. The leaders of the Red and Black understood that this failure had to be the priority for recruitment this summer, and a first reinforcement is already to be credited to the Rennes transfer window.

Mohamed Jaouab returns to Rennes

This winter, Mohamed Jaouab left Brittany to join Amiens in Ligue 2, for €400,000. The central defender was particularly prominent with the Picardy club during the second half of the season and attracted the interest of his former club only 6 months after his departure. As a result, the Stade Rennais management decided to exercise their buyout option worth €1 million, to get their former player back. Mohamed Jaouab, present at the restart yesterday of the Rouge et Noir, signed a contract binding him to Rennes until 2028, and will strengthen the club’s central defense next season.

The recruitment of the 22-year-old Moroccan international defender is surely the first of a long series, as the defensive needs are important for Stade Rennais. Frédéric Massara will have his work cut out for him, to balance a squad that is far too focused on attack, so that Stade Rennais’ last season is ultimately just an accident.

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