Ismaila Sarr snubs Barcelona to join Stade Rennes for first team football

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The 19-year-old former Metz winger, who came through the academy and youth set-up at Génération Foot, has confirmed that he rejected FC Barcelona in the summer to join Rennes.

Rennes have announced the signing of Ismaila Sarr from Ligue 1 rivals Metz after the 19-year-old winger turned down the chance to join Barcelona. It is believed that the Metz attacker has signed for Rennes in a deal worth more than €15m.

The transfer comes just a year after Sarr’s arrival in Metz. He has joined Christian Gourcuff’s side on a four-year contract, saying the opportunity to move to Camp Nou came too early in his career.

The Senegalese player is seen to be a very talented player and it leads to the Catalan giants pursuing the player. Barcelona have been following the player for several months, with Lille and RB Leipzig both having courted Sarr heavily, making a series of verbal bids to Metz in the process.

Newcastle United also submitted an offer worth €12m, which was rejected by both Metz and Sarr, with the player deciding that it was too early in his career to leave France – a probable reason behind his snubbing of Barcelona too. Another reason behind Saar’s move to Stade Rennais is his hunt for first team opportunities.

Sarr, who was named as one of the 50 best Under-19 talents in the world, told the club’s official website:

“It’s my pleasure to sign for Rennes. The adventure at Rennes will soon begin for me, and I already feel red and black.
“I left Senegal a year ago to join Metz, and I left my family there. I had to adapt to a new environment. Today I am happy, my parents are proud of me. I am grateful for every day that I get the chance to make my passion my profession.”

On his decision to join Rennes, Sarr said:

“Rennes is the club that can help me to progress. I still have to develop defensively and become more decisive in my approach to the goal. With Christian Gourcuff, I am convinced that I will succeed.”
“I resumed training with Metz thinking I would stay there and continue to progress. I had the opportunity to join Rennes and I am very proud to have done so. For me, leaving Metz to join Barcelona was too early.”

So the youngster wants to show his talent and capabilities in Stade Rennes and that the primary reason to choose the club, as he knew he would not get that much game time at Camp Nou.