Rennes – Rennes coach Julien Stephan regretted on Thursday the criticisms made on Sunday by his midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa about the game he advocates for his team, but also the fact that his leadership did not intervene to defend the unity of group.
"He's free to think what he wants, even though I notice that on a number of occasions in recent weeks he's said just the oppositesaid the young coach at a press conference about the attacking midfielder.
"We are not ambitious enough, we are afraid (…) we have to be given things to attack, not to defend our goal every time", said HBA after the draw against Guingamp (1-1).
"These are remarks that can divide a locker room and that are not without consequences because they are not shared by the players (…) And so I regret that it undermines the collective unity"lamented Stephan.
Asked about the lack of reaction of President Olivier Létang, very close to Hatem Ben Arfa and who never hesitate to intervene, Stephan was content with a: "In any case, it appeals to me because once again, it puts collective unity at risk, and I put collective unity above all else".
"I'm wondering"He even continued on his future, while under contract because he has not extended despite the first victory in the Coupe de France for 48 years against the Paris SG?
While ensuring that he does not havehad no approach from other clubs"-"I am not in this state of mind", he even specified– he was keen to put the points back on"i".
"For a coach, the notion of support is fundamental (…) When I am asked to take over the team in December, when I take a project, it is because I feel that I can carry it out. If there are reasons to think that this will not be the case, then you have to think", he concluded as a warning to his club.