At 17, Mathys Tel is preparing to join Bayern Munich for a record transfer. A call to which it was difficult not to respond, both for him and for Rennes.
The soap opera will have been shorter than that of the central defenders. It has been three weeks since Mathys Tela was first announced at Bayern Munich. After several rejected offers, Stade Rennes finally had to let go of its young talent, who at 17 is therefore already joining a big club in Europe. Since the first rumors, opinions have been divided on this move, but it is clear that it was complicated to leave Bayern’s call unanswered.
For Mathys Tel, the choice was quickly made. Logic. Having always wanted to join a very big club, the opportunity to join the multiple German champion cannot be refused at 17, regardless of the challenge offered. This challenge, what is it? It will not be a question of “replacing” Robert Lewandowski. The Pole left for FC Barcelona, Tel will effectively fill this departure numerically. On the other hand, it will take a long way to weigh as much as the great Robert, and his 344 goals in 375 games with Bayern, including 50 last season.
The now ex-Rennais will have to find a place in the hierarchy, which also awaited him in Rennes. In Brittany, Gaëtan Laborde, Serhou Guirassy and Matthis Abline played in his game sector, Bruno Genesio having confided that he wanted to fix the versatile striker in number 9. In Munich, Tel will also frequent beautiful people: Sadio Mané, Leroy Sané, Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman, Thomas Müller or Eric Choupo-Moting. Lots of attackers, few real forwards. Between Rennes and Bayern therefore, the competition remains strong, and Tel’s starting place the same. From a player’s point of view, starting from the same point in the hierarchy, but at Bayern rather than Rennes, may seem more appealing. Playing in one of the biggest European clubs now, his ultimate goal, too. While waiting to find out if Tel actually has the level required to hold a certain place with the Bundesliga champion, Rennes is closing in on a hell of a deal.
The idea at Stade Rennes was never to let Mathys Tel go, even less on loan, an option never considered by the club for a player on whom so many hopes were based. But when a club of the stature of Bayern Munich shows up, things go awry. The soap opera Kim Min-Jae recalled that Rennes could now fight for a long time with a club like Naples today. But the step is still too high to stand up to a team of Bayern’s caliber.
The management therefore very quickly had to face the facts and value this transfer. Tel remained under contract until 2024, and a year after letting Eduardo Camavinga leave for Real Madrid for more than 30 million euros, Stade Rennes is preparing to cash in almost as much for a player who is certainly European U17 champion this summer, having shone in Gambardella this season, but having hardly ever played at the highest level. When he left for Real last year, “Cama” had 88 appearances with the SRFC, or just over 6,000 minutes of Ligue 1, Coupe de France and Champions League combined. A little younger when joining Bayern, Mathys Tel has 10 appearances with the pros, for 79 minutes of play this season (49 in Ligue 1, 30 in the European Cup).
The operation carried out by Rennes is therefore significant, for a player labeled “trained at the club”, which always enhances the image of the training center, which will not have spent that much time at La Piverdière in the end. If a non-solicitation agreement was quickly signed, Tel only joined the training center, and therefore joined Rennes, at 15 years old. The striker will therefore only have spent two years in Rennes, where he signed his first professional contract on August 18, 2021.
This morning, Mathys Tel arrived in Munich to start a new chapter in his career. It will be with the weight of a staggering transfer amount, and a certain bitterness for some of the Rennes supporters. At a time when the professionalization of football always starts earlier, too soon, and when the valuation of young players never ceases to be disconcerting, it is clear that Bayern’s appeal could not be left in the absence. , for Tel, as for Rennes.