Speaking at a press conference earlier today, Rennes President Olivier Létang was drawn to discussing the future of 33-year-old Arsenal central defender Laurent Koscielny, who RMC claimed had agreed personal terms with the Brittany side.
“We found out about this claim like you did. Even my son said to me, apparently Laurent Koscielny is coming. I told him that it was false. He is a good player with great international level experience. We met him two times last year. When we heard about the possibility of a departure at the beginning of June, we called the Arsenal representatives to see if this was true because if it was we could have been interested. In mid-June, we heard back from Arsenal who told us that they wanted to sign him to a contract extension, that he was not for sale. We have not spoken with the player since. We have great respect for other clubs. We cannot talk with a player if a club does not want him to leave. So I can say that what came out this weekend is false and not a reality… We read like you a lot of things like you.”