Earlier today, we carried a report from L’Equipe, who claimed that Wahbi Khazri left Sunderland made a permanent switch to Saint-Etienne over Rennes because the former offered him a better financial package.
The figure mentioned in the report is €300,000 gross monthly salary, which is a really good wage offer from a club that is not one of the most prominent in the Ligue 1.
He spent the last season on loan at Roazhon Park and the attacker’s nine goals and two assists was instrumental in helping Sabri Lamouchi’s side qualify for this season’s Europa League.
They wanted to sign the 27-year-old on a permanent deal, but the player turned down the opportunity to join them and made a switch to Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Rennes president Olivier Létang had earlier mentioned the financial motive was the reason for the Tunisian international snubbed an opportunity to join his side over Saint-Etienne.
These suggestions have been played down by the former Sunderland man, but the French club’s chief has once again talked about it, while discussing Khazri.
“We are in a world where there is a huge gap between the public image and what happens in the clubs. There is always the little story behind the big story,” Le10 Sport quoted Létang as saying.
“I positioned myself on the players, actually, I say things: ‘It’s good, it’s not good’. But at least I don’t say different things. I already spoke about Wahbi, I said what choice he had made, I confirm it today.”