After some crucial decision-making, the Ligue 1 team has finally signed a new coach, while also letting go of Ben Arfa.
Things are changing at a fast pace over at Stade Rennais FC. The French club is now welcoming the new season with major amends. These include the signing of a new coach and parting ways with playmaker Ben Arfa.
Recently, the team announced that it has signed a contract with coach Julien Stephan, a Coupe de France winner, and strategist.
At the same time, Rennes noted they will be releasing Hatem Ben Arfa, one of the club’s most valuable playmakers in seasons past.
Ben Arfa’s departure is not a forced decision. To the contrary, the player’s contract was already expiring this summer.
However, signing a new team manager is expected to push Rennes into a winning attitude during the upcoming season. In addition, Stéphan seems essential to Rennes, as the club offered him a five-year contract, expiring in 2022.
“It’s a great point of pride to pursue my mission with the first team,” said Stéphan.
“This season has been historic and rich in emotions”.
As for Ben Arfa, the 32-year-old playmaker aided Rennes to important wins in the past season of competition. And with that, he earned himself a stellar reputation at the club.
Even so, Ben Arfa himself noted he was “no longer enjoying [his] football”, which urged him to leave the game for good.
“He’s someone who brought us so much over the course of the season,” said Rennes’ president Olivier Létang, as per Ligue1 reports.
“But we all know how things got towards the end of the campaign. What is important is the club and the team. Hatem will not be at Stade Rennais next season. He needs to enjoy his football and if he can’t do that here with us, he should obviously look elsewhere.”