The New Generation - Stade Rennais
Stade Rennais are renowned throughout France and Europe for having some of the best youth facilities and sheer quantity of playing coming through the youth ranks to make the first team and national team selection, just some are Sylvain Wiltord, Stephane Mbia, Yoann Gourcuff, Jimmy Briand, Mikael Silvestre, Yann M'Vila and Jaques Faty among others. Indeed of the current senior tream 11 of the 22 are from the Rennais academy. As Rennais were my first team outside of England on FM I have a big soft spot for them so hopefully this will be a great long term save.
The Squad The squad is very young as you would imagine having so many youth academy graduates in the team but there is a bit of experience mixed in with the likes of some promising youngsters in the likes of Sylvain Armand, Benoit Costil, Paul-Georges Ntep, Vincent Pajot, Sanjin Prcic and Ola Toivonen.
With a modest budget of 2million pound I had to sell to buy and do a bit of stretching of the transfer payments and managed to bring in a few loans and one marquee signing so to say.
Transfers In -
Ruben Neves - Loan
Jean II Makoun - 600k
Adama Traore - Loan
Phillip Hosiner - 3.5m
Sergi Samper - Loan
Charles Itandje - Loan
Jesus Vallejo - 1.1m
Carlos Fierro - 6.5m
On the back of 4 straight wins to end the pre season we opened with a 1-1 draw against title chaser Lyon thanks to Kamel Grosicko who was only playing due to Adama Traore's injury. the draw was followed by another two draws and with PSG and OM looming we gladly took the three points against Caen 3-1 with the attacking trident all registering a goal