Steve Mandanda is expected to leave OM in the coming hours to join Stade Rennais. A transfer facilitated by the Olympian club which does not intend to ask for compensation for its historic goalkeeper.
A page will turn at OM. Arrived very young from Le Havre in 2007, Steve Mandanda quickly took his place in the OM goals and never left them afterwards. The adventure of the French international in the Canebière will have lasted almost 15 years. A beautiful story only interrupted by a one-year escapade at Crystal Palace in 2016. But the arrival of Pau Lopez last summer meant to the 37-year-old goalkeeper that his time was over at OM. This is good for other clubs, which still perceive the qualities of Steve Mandanda. This is particularly the case of Stade Rennais.
Longoria to release Mandanda for services to OM
Not convinced by Alfred Gomis, the Rennais set their sights on the Marseille goalkeeper during this summer transfer window. An operation that will be completed in the next few hours according to information from The Team. Mandanda has already said goodbye to his teammates and OM employees on Tuesday before heading to Brittany. Under contract until June 2024, the French goalkeeper should however not bring money to the Marseillais.
🔄 Steve Mandanda has given his verbal agreement to Rennes. OM are in negotiations with the Breton club to agree on the transfer, which could quickly take place. (@theteam) #TeamOM pic.twitter.com/EDUoYv3dQF
— Guillaume Tarpi (@GuillaumeTarpi) July 5, 2022
Indeed, according to the sports daily, OM will make a gesture to facilitate the departure of its emblematic player. ” This is not a usual formula: for services rendered and also taking into account his age, the leaders of OM should leave him free “, he publishes this Tuesday. It is a decision taken directly by Pablo Longoria. Mandanda will thus be able to sign a two-year contract with the Bretons. If some will cringe at the thought of the evaporated money, Marseille supporters can only bow to this classy gesture for one of OM’s icons in the 21st century.