Rennes: it’s Steve Mandanda’s big comeback

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Love stories end badly, in general. It’s a film title directed by Anne Fontaine in the early 1990s and it’s kind of become an old catchphrase. That between Steve Mandanda and OM, after many years spent together, did not end well or badly, rather in a kind of anonymity.

During his last season, the French international goalkeeper, yet captain, was demoted in the hierarchy of goalkeepers. Jorge Sampaoli then preferred the Spaniard Pau Lopez. The latter has always praised the exemplary nature of the former Le Havre, who had only been unfaithful to OM once, trying unsuccessfully at Crystal Palace. Tracked by Nice for a long time, it was finally Stade Rennais which was going to have its favors last summer.

But, this Sunday, El Phenomeno will find a stadium, which rightly erected it as a hero, under the colors of a rival for the podium. Nothing simple therefore for this legend of the club. Present at a press conference, Pape Gueye explained what he expected: “ with Steve, personally, we talk often. On the networks, on our numbers. I congratulated him not long ago for his assist. I am very close to him, he helped me a lot when I arrived. Steve is Steve, we know everything he did for the club, the love he had and still has for the club. I know that the supporters will welcome him as they should for his return home. »

He told me that if I scored against him, he was going to kill me. I hope that, if I play, I will score! »

Obviously, the questions flared up at the press conference, but the Senegalese midfielder explained the impact that Mandanda’s departure had on the locker room: ” Steve talked to me a lot. I played with someone close to his family. He was in Le Havre, he left young, he knows what it’s like to arrive at a club like OM. What you can see on TV, how is Steve? He is adorable. He’s a big brother. He always protected me, helped me, like Dimitri. I’m happy with what he’s doing. We were all disappointed when he left. But it’s a personal choice. I am very happy to see him again. It will feel weird to play against him. He told me that if I scored against him, he was going to kill me. I hope that, if I play, I will score! »

One thing is sure and certain, the Olympians, finally those who knew him in the club, will not give him any gift. ” If I want to score, I will score. I arrived two years ago, you all know its importance here. But a game is still a game. We’ll go to bed afterwards. I am very happy that he is coming back to this Velodrome. He’s a good person. He deserves everything that happens to him. It is with pleasure that we will find it “, concluded Pape Gueye. This promises a great reunion on Sunday at 3 p.m.

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