Stade Rennes coach Bruno Genesio has outlined the reasons why his team approved Kamaldeen Sulemana‘s transfer to Southampton.
The Ghana international joined Premier League side Southampton a club-record fee on the final day of the January transfer window.
The Saints paid £22 million to sign the pacey winger from the French club.
Explaining why his outfit sanctioned the Ghanaian winger’s move, the manager said it’s not worth keeping a player who doesn’t want to play for the club.
“It’s not that it never took. There were good beginnings, then periods of injury and poor form. A team that started to turn, to chain victories and it was more difficult for him.
“There was also impatience, because he is still a very young player. It still needs to be trained.
“He wanted to leave, it was not our case. But he wanted it so badly that at some point, it’s not worth keeping a player who doesn’t want to play for a club.
“I prefer to get a player who wants to come, who is motivated to play for his club.”
The Right to Dream Academy graduate struggled for game time at Rennes following injuries in the first half of the campaign.
He made 14 appearances and scored one goal in the Ligue 1 this season for Rennes before exiting the club.
Sulemana made 47 appearances in Ligue 1 for Stade Rennes since joining from FC