Soccer. Xeka signs a two-year contract with Stade Rennais

Rennes announced, this Wednesday, September 21, the arrival of the Portuguese Xeka. Free since the end of his contract with Lille this summer, the 27-year-old midfielder has signed up for two years with Stade Rennais

After the long-term injury of Baptiste Santamaria, Stade Rennais badly needs reinforcements in its midfield. The Reds and Blacks announce, on September 21, the arrival of the Portuguese Xeka who will therefore be in charge of this mission.
Free since the end of his contract in Lille this summer, the 27-year-old holding midfielder has signed up for two years with Rennes.

Xeka « is a complete midfielder who knows Ligue 1 and was French champion with Lille » in 2021, rejoices, in a press release, the Rennes sports director, Florian Maurice, evoking « an excellent player, capable of recovering balls, of projecting himself forward and of scoring goals, with his head or with his foot ».

After having given up recruiting an impact midfielder this summer, a profile nevertheless presented as a priority by coach Bruno Genesio, Rennes had relaunched its quest last week, after the injury of Baptiste Santamaria.
The Rennes defensive midfielder, metronome at the start of the Rouge et Noir season, was hit in the victory against Auxerre on September 11 (5-0), counting for the 7th day of Ligue 1. He underwent ligament surgery this week an ankle and will not return to the pitch until February.

Besides the physical impact, Rennes were looking for experience for this sector, where Genesio has several promising but very young players like Désiré Doué, 17, and Lesley Ugochukwu, 18.
“I appreciate his personality, character, grinta and winning mindset” specifies Florian Maurice again, without however letting the Rennes supporters show any concern.
In April 2021, Christophe Galtier, then coach of Lille, had indeed dismissed Xeka from a crucial match against PSG due to a « inappropriate and inappropriate behavior ».

Born in Rebordosa, Xeka was trained in Portugal and Valencia, where he made his La Liga debut in 2016. Arrived on loan at Lille in January 2017, he remained there until this summer, with a loan at Dijon for the 2018-2019 season.
Given his late arrival, he cannot be added to the list of Rennes qualified for the Europa League, and will therefore only play Ligue 1 matches this season.

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