Julien Stephan did not appreciate, but not at all, what Hatem Ben Arfa said. The Rennes coach made it known this Thursday during the press conference. " It's incomprehensible. He is free to think what he wants, even if I notice that he has said quite the opposite in recent weeks, has tapped the winning coach of the Coupe de France last month against PSG. But hey, these are remarks that can divide a cloakroom and are not inconsequential. Because they are not shared by the players. And I am here to defend the collective balance and collective unity. That is the most important. So I regret that it undermines collective unity. "
Last Sunday, after the meeting of the 36th day of L1 between Rennes and Guingamp (1-1), Ben Arfa had clearly opened the door to a departure, just one year after his arrival. "We are not ambitious enough, we are fearful, let go the offensive midfielder, out under whistles 5 minutes from the end. At some point, if you want to progress and go on a course, you can not afford to have that state of mind to get into the games. If you are 12th, it's not for nothing. "
Faced with the lack of reaction of the Rennes management after the shattering media release of HBA, Julien Stephan wonders about his future on the Breton bench, where he is under contract until June 2020. "It will be necessary to discuss. To carry out a project, one must be sure of being able to wear it effectively. So it will discuss, "concluded the Rennes coach.