Kamaldeen Sulemana: Michael Essien’s message to teenage sensation after Stade Rennes move

Former Ghana midfielder Michael Essien has sent his good wishes to Kamaldeen Sulemana after the winger sealed a move to Stade Rennes.

Kamaldeen Sulemana: Michael Essien’s message to teenage sensation after Stade Rennes move

Kamaldeen became the most expensive Ghanaian teenage footballer and second most expensive African teenager following his move to the French side.

The 19-year-old moved from Nordsjaelland to Rennes on Friday, July 16, 2021, after completing his medical earlier in the day.

According to the French portal GFFN, the deal is worth €21 million (€15 million upfront and $5 million in bonuses).

Essien, currently a coach at Nordsjaelland and having managed Kamaldeen for a brief period, has wished the teenage sensation well in his new adventure.

In a post on Instagram, the former Chelsea star shared a photo with the newly-signed Rennes winger, accompanied by an upbeat message.

“Wishing you all the best Kamaldeen Sulemana in your new club Stade Rennes. Good luck,” Essien wrote.

Meanwhile, Kamaldeen’s move to Rennes has seen him overtake compatriot and former Nordsjaelland teammate Mohammed Kudus, who joined Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam for a €15 million fee last summer, as the most expensive Ghanaian teenager.

He has also overtaken Nigeria’s John Mikel Obi, who once held the record as the most expensive teenager on the continent.

A teenage Mikel joined Premier League Chelsea from Lyn in June 2006 in a deal that was worth £16 million (€18.6 million).

As it stands, only Amad Diallo cost more than the Ghanaian, after the Ivorian completed a move from Atalanta to Manchester United for £37 million.

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