Speaking to France Bleu, Rennes Director of Sport Florian Maurice discussed the club’s objectives for the season to come, as well as addressing potential arrivals and departures in the remainder of the summer window.
Maurice notably touched on young midfielder Eduardo Camavinga’s contract situation, with the French international’s current deal expiring at the end of the upcoming season and reported interest from various clubs.
On the objectives this season
As are the objectives that we’ve been fixed, and that we’ve fixed ourselves, we want to qualify for Europe every season, that’s the primary objective now. That means either doing well in the league or winning one of the cups. You also have the [Conference League] play-off which, if we win it, will allow us to show what we’re capable of on the European stage.
On whether the club is looking to bring in a midfielder
Yes, that’s the aim, we’ve been working on it for a few months now. We haven’t started looking at the last minute, but we’ve seen that the market is very closed off and complicated, not much is happening right now. There are players here and there signing on a free, but in terms of transactions things aren’t moving very quickly. Apart from Jack Grealish’s transfer to Manchester City, which might cause other clubs to start recruiting and start a game of musical chairs which we could benefit from by the end of the window.
On the Eduardo Camavinga situation
We’re still at the same point, as I was saying earlier the market is very difficult. It might well be linked to moves in other clubs.
On Camavinga’s contract being up at the end of the year
It’s what I’ve always said – when a player arrives at the end of their contract, either we extend them or we find a solution for them to leave. To leave on a free, for a player who came up through the club like him, I think is good for nobody.
He has the choice between saying “I want to leave” and “I want to stay”. I know what he wants to do, we then have to find a solution which satisfies all parties.