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OL-Rennes: A well-traveled road

Published on 01 March 2021 at 3:00 PM
OL - Rennes : Une colonie lyonnaise bien fournie
From Kim Källström to Martin Terrier, to Yoann Gourcuff or Jérémy Morel, the Lyon-Rennes connection has been going strong for more than ten years. Today there are three former Lyonnais wearing the Breton side's jersey.

Clément Grenier (2002-2018)

A native of Annonay in Ardèche, the midfielder joined OL at the age of 11. From there, he followed a path to his professional deal in May 2008 at the age of 17 and played his first match with the first team the following year. Starting in 2012-2013, Grenier was a regular in the Lyon first team, as his free kicks and shots from range delighted the fans and his good performances even allowed him to be called up for the French team. Selected for the 2014 World Cup, he unfortunately had to withdraw a few days before the start of the competition through injury. After a promising start to his career, he suffered from numerous injuries which hampered his progress. Loaned to Roma in 2017, he eventually left OL in 2018 after 154 matches, 18 goals, a Coupe de France and a Trophée des Champions. He made a comeback with Guingamp, before signing for Rennes in July 2018 and winning the Coupe de France again in 2019.

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Romain Del Castillo (2012-2018)

Like Grenier a product of OL's academy, Del Castillo joined the training center in 2012 after playing with Saint-Priest, Vénissieux and FC Lyon. In 2015 everything started to move quickly: alongside Maxwel Cornet, Aldo Kalulu and Mouctar Diakhaby in particular, he played in the Coupe de Gambardella final, made his first professional appearance and signed his first professional contract. After two appearances with OL, the winger was loaned to Bourg-en-Bresse in Ligue 2 to gain playing time and have his first full season with the pros. The following year he returned to Ligue 2 on loan, this time with Nîmes and was a big part of Les Crocos being promoted to Ligue 1. At the end of his loan spell, Stade Rennais signed him in 2018, where he also won the Coupe de France alongside Clément Grenier.

 

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Martin Terrier (2018-2020)

Unlike the two previous players, Terrier was not trained at OL but in Lille. The striker joined the Rhône side in 2018 after a convincing loan spell in Strasbourg. He scored his first goal in his third game with Les Gones. In his first season he scored nine league goals, 11 in total, and had his first taste of the Champions League. The following season, Terrier was less prolific in the league,  but did score more in the Cups where he scored three goals in six matches, the last of which was against PSG in the semifinal of the Coupe de France. In July 2020, he joined Rennes after playing 81 matches and scoring 18 goals scored in two seasons in the Lyon jersey.

 

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