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EURO CupRodon leaves Spurs for Rennes ahead of World Cup

Rodon leaves Spurs for Rennes ahead of World Cup

Joe Rodon has joined Ligue 1 side Rennes for the 2022-23 season as he looks to earn more opportunities ahead of the World Cup.

Wales defender Joe Rodon has secured a season-long loan move from Tottenham to Rennes, with a permanent option included.

The 24-year-old leaves Antonio Conte’s side in search of more regular opportunities ahead of Wales’ World Cup campaign, which will be the nation’s first since 1958.

Rodon made just ten appearances for Spurs last season, including in the Conference League against Rennes.

Amid fierce competition for first-team football.

And the signing of Clement Lenglet from Barcelona pushed him further down the pecking order.

Opportunities should be more forthcoming with the Ligue 1 side, who hold a clause to make the deal permanent next year for a reported fee of £17million.

The former Swansea City defender is vital to Rob Page’s international set-up.

He forged a partnership with Spurs’ Ben Davies at the heart of Wales’ backline and earned 28 caps to date.

Wales sealed their spot in Qatar with a play-off victory against Ukraine and will be in Group B alongside England, Iran and the United States.

A transfer to Rennes will also offer the opportunity of European football.

With a fourth-placed finish in Ligue 1 last season, securing a spot in the Europa League.

Rennes technical director Florian Maurice said Rodon had “no hesitation” about joining.

Maurice said:

“He’s a real central defender who likes to defend.

“And he has that aggressive side that we need to allow us to be even more effective defensively.

“He is an international, a starter with Wales and will certainly be called up to play in the World Cup in November.”

Antonio Conte used the funds smartly, signing players and filling holes in the squad.

Spurs are looking forward to a competitive season in the Premier League and UCL.

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