« I cried all night », Randal Kolo Muani tells how he almost quit football at 16


During an interview with Vista, Randal Kolo Muani returned to his career before his arrival at FC Nantes in 2015, where he landed after a failed test in Rennes. The new striker of the France team says he almost stopped everything after a stint in Serie B.

After the Champions League, Randal Kolo Muani discovers a new world in this month of September. The Eintracht Frankfurt striker has been called up by Didier Deschamps for the France team rally for two Nations League matches.

In an interview with Vista, the 23-year-old returned to his career and his big moments of doubt before his arrival in Nantes in 2015. Previously passed by several clubs in the Paris region, Kolo Muani had found himself making trials in Italy. « I had done tests in Serie C, then in Serie B (in Vicenza). I was hotter for Serie B because after the national U17s I had nothing left and I didn’t want to continue. I wanted either leave or do something. It’s going well, I’m doing my preparation with them, I’m doing a month. But my father doesn’t feel it, traces the new Blues striker. He’s in town and he calls me: « What’s going on? They’re talking about the contract and everything. He was asking me what it was but I didn’t know anything. I wanted to stay at all costs, I was starting to come out with mythos like ‘this is a an, don’t worry’. He told me ‘it’s not clear at all’. »

« Football was over »

« My father is serious about school. He told me that I had to go back because school was starting again. I said ‘no, I don’t want to go back’. He had bought me a train ticket for the next day at 10 a.m. I cried all night, end of the dream, says Kolo Muani again. I said to myself: ‘What am I going to do?’ I’m going back to school. Football , it was over in quotes. »

Originally from Bondy (Seine-Saint-Denis), Randal Kolo Muani therefore left Italy to return to France, where he met the man who would become his agent, who then had no club to offer him. « He had a friend who had entries where I could train but nothing apart from that. I train in Neuilly-sur-Marne (Seine-Saint-Denis), a week or two. I had no club, license. Then, I do a test in Rennes for a week where things are going well, confides Kolo Muani again. They still had to see me and they called me back for the October holidays, for a new week. At the end of that, they told me that there was a similar player (Adama Diakhaby, without a club since leaving Amiens during the summer, editor’s note) with me and they kept him (player no. didn’t succeed then, editor’s note). »

Rennes refused it

Then, fate changed for the player after his test which did not prove conclusive in Rennes. « My brother announced it to me, telling me that he had good news and bad news. The bad news is that it was dead in Rennes, I was disgusted. The good thing is that I I had a test on Monday in Nantes. On the third day, I was called by the director of the center. He asked me to write a letter of motivation for me to sign. I did that with my brother. I didn’t only listened to my parents and my agents. They signed me for seven months. »

« When I landed in Nantes, it was the best moment of my life, I think, » concluded Randal Kolo Muani, for whom this signing changed the course of his career, with the end of the galleys and the opportunity to to be able to prove its worth. His first professional match came three years later, in November 2018, against PSG. During his time at FCN, who left free last summer, the striker played 87 games for 23 goals.

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