Rennes completes the loan signing of Lyon's Cameroon international winger Karl Toko Ekambi to strengthen title challenge bid..2023-01-27 17:52
Rennes announced on their official website on Thursday that the club has signed Cameroon international winger Karl Toko Ekambi on-loan from Lyon.
According to Rennes' official statement, Toko Ekambi will play for the club on-loan until the end of the season, and the agreement does not include a buyout clause.
After completing his joining procedures, Toko Ekambi, who was interviewed by Rennes' official website for the first time said: "Thanks to Stade Rennes for trusting me. The reason why I made this choice is because I know this club well. I would like to thank Florian Maurice (Technical Director at Rennes) especially, I am honoured to have the opportunity to work with him at Olympique Lyonnais."
"I also know a lot of players in this club. Hamari Traore is like a brother to me, we met at Paris FC, Martin Terrier, was a good friend of mine at Lyon, Baptiste Santamaria and Flavien Tait played with me at Angers, and I also played with Christopher Wooh at the national team."
"We felt that there was a lot of consensus among the Rennes players on the pitch, everyone was fighting for each other, so I'm proud to be part of this project. I was attracted by the plan but above all attracted by the team as a collective unit, that's the strength that Rennes exudes on the pitch."
"I like the motivational speeches of the manager. I don't know him personally, but the quality of his work is recognized. I came to Rennes with everything in place and I am very happy to be part of his team."
The 30-year-old Toko Ekambi was born in Paris, France on September 14, 1992. He is 1.83 meters tall and primarily plays as a winger, but he can also be deployed as a center forward. Toko Ekambi joined Paris FC's youth academy when he was young, and began to represent the club's first-team in the summer of 2010.
Toko Ekambi moved to Sochaux in the summer of 2014, and then moved to Angers for €1 million in July 2016. He continued his fiery scoring efficiency and was once even fiercely pursued by Brighton. But Angers has always been reluctant to accept the Seagull's offer.
In July 2018, after DR Congo international Cedric Bakambu moved to Beijing Guoan, Toko Ekambi joined Villarreal for €20 million and he became one of Spain international player Gerard Moreno's most effective substitutes.
In January 2020, Toko Ekambi returned to France to join Lyon on a loan with a mandatory buyout clause. After being bought out for €11.5 million in July of the same year, Toko Ekambi led the club to the Coupe de la Ligue final in 2020.
This season, during the first half of the season, Toko Ekambi made 19 appearances for Les Gones across all competitions, scoring 4 goals and assisting 2 times.
Rennes, who performed well, are currently fifth in the Ligue 1 table, only 10 points behind defending champion Paris Saint-Germain who were the top of the table. Rennes will next face Ukrainian Premier League giants Shakhtar Donetsk in the Round of 16 knockout stage of the Europa League. The arrival of Toko Ekambi will definitely add a stronger offensive firepower to Les Rouge et Noir who were competing for both the competitions' trophies.
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