Rennes: “forget”, Gomis empties his pocket

Alfred Gomis, who was demoted to fourth goalkeeper at the Stade Rennais earlier in the season, was comfortable with his situation. The Senegalese international goalkeeper doesn’t understand the Breton club’s decision.

Gomis no longer plays Rennes

A spectacular downgrade. Alfred Gomis (29), who was demoted from starter to fourth goalkeeper at the Stade Rennais earlier in the season, is going through a difficult period at Brittany. In the columns of L’Equipe, the former Dijonais spoke about his situation.

The Senegalese international goalkeeper admits he’s struggling to understand his club’s decision. It’s hard for me to give an explanation. All I can say is that at the end of last season I spoke to our technical director (Florian Maurice) and our coach (Bruno Genesio) who informed me of their decision to sign a new first-choice goalkeeper. They told me: “If you stay in Rennes, you will be the third goalkeeper.” Then a guard is recruited. And there I am told that I am no longer part of the Rennes project and must leave he says.

Someone must have said: we don’t need Gomis anymore

Gomis, who was signed by Rennes in 2020 to help offset the departure of Edouard Mendy from Chelsea, failed to fully convince in his first two seasons at Rouge et Noir and urged Rennes leaders to recruit Steve Mandanda last summer. I’ve certainly made mistakes because I’ve also done good things. But when you evaluate a player, you have to look at it as a whole. Victories and defeats are the result of a whole, a collective he stresses before returning to last season.

In the 2021-2022 season I was able to benefit from a great continuity in the first part, with positive results for the team, he continues. With the new year things got more complicated. Between the Covid, my departure to CAN, my broken finger, I have been unavailable multiple times. (…) Someone must have said: We don’t need Gomis anymore. I didn’t like it anymore, I stopped doing the job when everything was going well for almost two years.

Estimated departure in January

Aside from his lack of playing time, Gomis has regrets about finding himself in a situation that is usually that of a player causing problems, sharing a dressing room, etc. And to continue: My managers have always said that I’m not a player who makes a fuss. I always thought of the collective, although I could have commented on the goalkeeper training methods, for example. But I didn’t want to cause problems in the dressing room. I preferred to wait until the end of the season to tell them everything. Maybe I should have reported earlier.

Now behind Steve Mandanda, Dogan Alemdar and Romain Salin in the Rennes goalkeeping hierarchy, Gomis has no future at third in Ligue 1. A January exit seems inevitable if he wants to play again. There I fully immerse myself in the adventure of Senegal (at the World Cup). And I put my agent to work. But I’m a 29-year-old goalkeeper and this situation is really complicated. It’s all the more incomprehensible that I still have three years of contract and it’s not good for me or the club to be forgotten. Unless you want to give money away. The door is open.

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