On June 30, Clément Grenier left Stade Rennais after the end of his three-year lease, which began in the summer of 2018. A victory in the Coupe de France in 2019, an epic in the Europa League and the Champions League, the former Lyonnais has known everything in Brittany. At 30 and after 93 matches played in Rouge et Noir (9 goals and 12 assists), Grenier was not to be short of proposals as a free agent.
But for the international tricolor (5 caps), nothing went as planned and he is still looking for a club. If the native of Annonay does not wish to communicate for the moment, we contacted one of his relatives to find out where he was and what was happening. “Clément is always free and trains with a physical trainer once or twice a day. He works like crazy to be ready when a serious project is there ”, we are told.
Contacts in Qatar, Spain, Italy and even France
The contacts are there and many clubs have surveyed the player during the summer and in recent days, without this leading to anything concrete. “He is still in discussion with clubs in Europe, Italy and Spain in particular. But for now, there is no special advance. A club in Qatar is close to him and MLS clubs are interested in him for next season, but the transfer window there doesn’t start until January. At that time, Designated Player places (Editor’s note: the Designated Player rule allows MLS franchises to register up to 3 players who can exceed the salary cap of the club in question) will be released and they are ready to take it, but January is very far away… ”
And the prospect of evolving in Ligue 1 given that he can sign where he wants because of his free agent status, can it be possible? Listening to a source close to the player, nothing is impossible. “He had contacts with Ligue 1 clubs during the summer and it is still relevant today. But, for the moment, things are not progressing for various reasons and he is especially waiting for things to move abroad ”, explains our source before going further. “It’s not a question of money for Clément. He has already done that in Guingamp. He does not run after money, but after a real project ”. If Radamel Falcao managed to bounce back at Rayo Vallecano, that Javier Pastore signed at Elche and Franck Ribéry landed at Salernitana, Clément Grenier remains for the moment in search of a new challenge. At only 30 years old, the former Roman aspires to only one thing, to find the atmosphere of the changing rooms and the green lawns. Notice to amateurs.