Kamaldeen Sulemana has indicated that the prospect of regular first-team football was a key reason why the Liverpool target chose to join Ligue 1 outfit Rennes instead, in quotes reported by Ghana Soccer Net.
There are now two exciting young wingers plying their trade at Roazhon Park after slipping through Jurgen Klopp’s fingers.
How and why Liverpool missed out on Jeremy Doku is common knowledge at this stage, the Belgium international turning down the chance to become a Sadio Mane successor at the Premier League powerhouses.
And, shortly after Nordsjaelland director Flemming Pedersen confirmed that Liverpool had expressed an interest in Sulemana, an ‘extraordinary’ 19-year-old deemed to be ‘on a par with Neymar’ was putting pen to paper at Rennes instead.
Was Kamaldeen Sulemana right to choose Rennes over Liverpool?
“With Rennes, I get to play in Ligue 1 which is one of the best leagues in the whole world, so that’s enough of my reason,” says the £14 million wideman, who was also linked with Manchester United before picking Brittany over Britain.
“And I think I chose here based on my playing time. I think there’s a better chance of me playing more here than any other place, and I’ll play against great teams here as well.”
He’s got a point. At Liverpool, even established internationals like Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota are not guaranteed starters.
And that’s without mentioning the lesser-spotted Xherdan Shaqiri.
“The project was very interesting and was good for me, and I felt here was the right place for me,” adds Sulemana, pointing out that Rennes have a superb track record when it comes to developing up-and-coming superstars.
“They have a lot of young talent and they have produced a lot of good talent outside, the likes of (Ousmane) Dembele, a lot of players, (Eduardo) Camavinga, Jeremy Doku.
“And some Ghanaians also played here, like Asamoah Gyan who is like the top scorer in Ghana history. I felt this is the place for me to be, also to improve myself and get to where I want to be in future.”