Such is his fate. “You have to give him time. It’s a 2005, there are steps. We do not pass the baccalaureate without having done the second and the first. There are things to take into account such as the evolution of his physique, we must not burn him. He’s starting to train with the group, it’s already huge.”. Here is what Nicolas Holveck, then president of Stade Rennais, said cautiously last summer on the airwaves of RMC Sports. However, it is now official! As we have revealed to you in recent hours, Mathys Tel, a young talent from Stade Rennais, did indeed sign up with Bayern Munich on Tuesday for a transfer of around 30 million euros, bonus included. A meteoric rise for the 17-year-old striker, with ten small professional matches, including seven in Ligue 1.
Mathys Tel, remarkable versatility!
A trajectory inexorably reminiscent of that taken by Eduardo Camavinga, today in the colors of Real Madrid. Launched at the highest level by Bruno Genesio, on August 15, 2021, against Stade Brestois, Mathys Tel – who for the occasion became the youngest player in the history of the Breton club to play in official competition, at only 16 years old, 3 months and 19 days, erasing, in passing, the precocity record held by his previously mentioned friend (16 years, 4 months and 26 days) – is therefore about to enter a new dimension. That of a club titled six times in the most prestigious of European competitions and with the greatest talents on the football planet. All piloted by one of the most promising technicians of his generation, in the person of Julian Nagelsmann. A dizzying progression for the one who comes to integrate a Bavarian offensive sector, devoid of Robert Lewandowski, who left for FC Barcelona.
Passed by Paris FC, Aubervilliers and Montrouge before joining INF Clairefontaine, Mathys Tel – who moreover started by evolving as a central defender – has never ceased to impress throughout his very young career. . Versatile and able to adapt to the demands of his various coaches and educators, the 1m83 striker will now discover a new championship, a new culture and a very rigorous technician. “He surprised a lot of people in his ability to adapt to all the positions where he was asked. He puts a lot of intensity into what he does, he’s technical and he’s got guts. Today, he is more of a right winger. But I don’t know if it’s his favorite position in the long term. What is certain is that he is passionate, he wants to meet all the challenges. He has developed a very high level of personal requirements.summed up, in this sense, his sports adviser Gadiri Camara for “Scouting”.
Part of the France U17 team!
Lively, technical, able to take the depth but also to hit the ball at the foot, Mathys Tel has, moreover, distinguished himself in the tricolor jersey. Part of the France U17 team during the coronation of Bleuets at the Euro last June, the ex-Rennes thus received the praise of his coach José Alcocer, coach of the U17s. “For me he is a modern striker, he does the shopping, he is generous for the team. He is fast and can make a difference. At the same time, with the ball, he is able to strike and play with one touch. He is complete and in addition he is a leader. On the field he never gives up and outside, he makes the link between the players, he goes to see them and speaks to them in a positive way. It’s a nugget”confided Alcocer in an interview granted to the Parisian. So many arguments which make it possible to understand the interest expressed by the Rekordmeister, ready to take out the checkbook to afford one of the most promising talents of his generation.
Substitute in his first match against Poland (6-1) where he scored just six minutes after coming on. Again decisive against Bulgaria (4-0), with a double and an offering, he confirmed his captain status. With strong leadership and top scorer in this competition, Mathys Tel has established himself as the strong link of an impressive team (Warren Zaire-Emery, Sael Kumbedi, El Chadaille Bitshiabu, Tom Saettel, Désiré Doué… ) By winning this tournament with the status of leader, Mathys Tel quickly digested the disappointment of the Gambardella Cup. A few weeks earlier, Stade Rennais had narrowly missed the final following a defeat on penalties against Stade Malherbe de Caen (3-3/5-3). Scorer during the meeting, Mathys Tel was unable to shoot following the failure of Aaron Malouda. Fifth shooter also with the Blues, he was decisive in this exercise at the Euro. Whether against Germany in the quarter-finals (1-1/4-3 at TAB) or Portugal in the semi-finals (2-2/6-5 at TAB), he knew how to keep his cool. A strength of character that he will have to highlight in Bavaria.
Bayern Munich have high hopes!
Despite two rejected offers and the initial desire to keep it, Stade Rennais finally gave in to pressure from the Munich board, determined to offer the services of the young right-handed striker, who had two left years of contract. “He is a very talented young player. He can play in several positions, he is very fast and strong (…) He can become one of the best attackers. He’s not a 1-1 substitute for Lewy, that’s normal at this age (…) But if he scores ten goals this season, we’ll all be happy. I hope he will one day score 40 goals per season.”, declared, in this sense, Julian Nagelsmann after the defeat of his team against Manchester City (0-1). Scheduled to enter the rotation, Mathys Tel will therefore discover a new playing field with the Bundesliga. Surrounded by Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sané and others, the young Bavarian nugget, supported by a technician recognized for his ability to get the most out of his workforce, now has all the keys to change dimension.
Despite the check cashed, Stade Rennais therefore separates from one, if not its greatest promise. “He is a player who arrived at Stade Rennais for a short time but on whom the club has great hopes, at the academy and with the professional team. He showed the extent of his qualities very quickly., recognized, moreover, Florian Maurice, sports director of the Rouge et Noir, when signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2021. Orphaned by his young star, the Breton club is therefore already preparing the aftermath . With this in mind and as we revealed to you recently, the upper echelons of Brittany have thus set their sights on Norman Bassette, who plays in Caen. Another high-potential striker, also 17, Bassette is one of the top targets on Stade Rennais’ list to take over from Mathys Tel. Let’s hope for him the same destiny…