Ligue 1 side Rennes on Friday moved to confirm the arrival of 19-year-old Ghanaian winger Kamaldeen Sulemana from FC Nordsjælland in a deal that is understood to cost €15m plus €5m in bonuses.
Sulemana scored 10 goals and delivered 8 assists in the Danish 1st division last season and has signed a 5-year contract with SRFC, who beat Ajax to the player’s signature in an impressive feat.
Sulemana becomes the fourth Ghanaian player to represent Rennes in its history, after John Mensah, Asamoah Gyan and John Boye.
Sulemana is a Right to Dream product and discovered European football via its partnership club, Nordsjælland.
Technical Director Florian Maurice had the following to say on the deal:
“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. We showed that we are capable of attracting players of this level. This is a source of satisfaction for the whole club. I have known him since he has been in Denmark. He is a player that I have followed the whole season. He will now have to get to work and get used to his surroundings because he does not know Ligue 1. This is a tough league. It is up to him to integrate well. He has a sense of French so things could move quite quickly.”