Veteran coach JE Sarpong believes highly rated Ghanaian forward Kamaldeen Sulemana is following the footsteps of Ghana ace Asamoah Gyan following his big money move to Stade Rennes.
The 19-year-old signed a five-year contract to move from Danish club Nordsjaelland to the French side in a deal reportedly worth €21 million.
The deal is a straight cash deal that will give Nordsjaelland an immediate amount of €16 million with a further €5 million to be added depending on the appearances the winger-cum-striker makes for the French side.
He became the fourth Ghanaian player to join Rennes after his move. Asamoah Gyan, John Boye and John Mensah all featured for the club.
JE Sarpong speaking to Koforidua based Bryt FM assessed Kamaldeen’s move as a good career decision and is backing him to follow in the footsteps of Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan and reach stardom.
Gyan, who is the all-time top scorer for Ghana with 51 goals featured for Rennes between 2008 and 2010.
“Asamoah Gyan and other Ghanaian players started from there and I believe he is following their footsteps,” Sarpong told Bryt FM.
“Ghanaian players normally play for Rennes because they embrace Ghanaian talent, so I think it is good on the part of the player not to secure a move to a bigger team.
“I believe Rennes will help him [Kamaldeen] a lot and he will be able to learn a lot there going forward. I think it is a good choice for him and the club can help him develop into a world star.
“Kamaldeen is very young, so joining Rennes will help him develop well. If he had joined a club like Liverpool, he could have struggled and will be farmed out on loan just like that.”