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Nédim Rémili and Benoit Kounkoud to Kielce in 2022

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Secret of Polichinelle for several weeks, the news was made official by the Polish club today, the day after the end of the European season. The two French internationals Nédim Rémili (photo) and Benoit Kounkoud will head to Poland, and Kielce, in June 2022. The two left-handed players, who are currently playing for Paris Saint-Germain, have one year left on their contract with the capital club, which just finished third in the Final4 of the Champions League, and will therefore not extend their commitment. They have both signed a four-year contract, until June 2026.

In Kielce, they will find two faces they know well. Dylan Nahi’s, first of all, as the Parisian left winger, trained at the club, will fly to Poland in a few days, after having signed a four-year contract there more than two years ago. But they will also team up with Nicolas Tournat, the French team’s pivot, who joined the 2016 Champions League winner last summer, and has already extended his contract until 2027.

At 25 and 24 years old respectively, Remili and Kounkoud were supposed to represent the future of Paris Saint-Germain, a club that the former joined in 2016, while the latter did all his training there, signing his first professional contract in 2014. But Kielce was able to be convincing to seduce them, securing in particular the contracts of its key players for the next few years, since in addition to Tournat, the Spanish right back Alex Dujshebaev and the German goalkeeper Andreas Wolff will still remain at the club for at least the next five seasons.

For Paris, this double departure is a new blow, after those announced of Mikkel Hansen (Aalborg) and Vincent Gerard (Saint-Raphael) in 2022. If we add to this the end of contracts of Yann Genty, Henrik Toft Hansen and Kamil Syprzak, whose respective commitments will expire at the same date, we can imagine the magnitude of the task for Thierry Omeyer, the sporting director of PSG. Nikola Karabatic, back from his knee injury a fortnight ago, also sees his commitment expire in 2022 but it is likely that he will extend his commitment in the capital a little longer, provided he finds his best level. At 37, the three-time Champions League winner remains a major asset for PSG, both on the field and in its external communication.

At the moment, Paris has only seven players under contract for the 2022/23 season, to which we can probably quickly add the young left back Yoann Gibelin (22 years old), who has been in PSG’s sights for several months.

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