Kamaldeen Sulemana: Ghanaian wonderkid joins Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes

The 19-year-old’s transfer was officially confirmed on Friday, July 16, 2021, after he had his medical at the club.

Kamaldeen has put pen to paper on a five-year deal, which will see him stay at the French club until 2026. The young forward initially attracted interest from a host of European clubs including Manchester United and Ajax Amsterdam. The Ghanaian was actually very close to joining Ajax after visiting the Dutch side and touring their training facilities.

Rennes’ Technical Director Florian Maurice is quoted as saying: “We wanted to strengthen our attack. He is a player who is capable of playing on the wings but also centrally.

“He scores goals and he knows how to make the final pass. He has enormous quality, he has pace and an ability to penetrate. He can make the difference. It was important for us to bring in another attacking weapon in the team.

“This is good news for the club. He is a great signing because he is a sought after player. We were able to do what was needed to attract him to Rennes. Which at the beginning was not particularly evident. We had competition from clubs like Ajax and those in the Premier League.”
However, Rennes moved in to hijack the move by spending €21 million to prise the player away from Nordsjaelland.

Kamaldeen was one of the most exciting players in the Danish league last season, scoring 10 goals and providing eight assists. The former Right to Dream Academy star joins Jeremy Doku and Eduardo Camavinga as the teen sensations leading Rennes’ latest project.

Oops so soon? I thought he will play here for sometime to gather more momentum for the outside world. He’s such a utility player.

The FA has to design a policy that prevents young players like this traveling to other countries and playing in leagues that are not befiting. Samuel Inkoom and other good players chart the same path and did not end well for their careers.

That said, playing in Ghana is not as lucrative as I Asian or European countries, so boys have to move. They got families to take care of and a life to live.

They can play all the best of football here in Ghana but nothing profitable will come out of it. Someone gooes to China for just 2 years and they come back to Ghana with a lot of properties and money that can sustain them for life.

As we " bring back the love", let’s also pay the players well so don’t keep running away from Ghana.

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