Wahbi Khazri’s wish has come true as Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais have signed the midfielder on season-long loan deal from Sunderland.
The Tunisian international made no secret of his desire to leave the club after relegation to the Championship was confirmed, with his latest outburst coming just last week but it has taken until the final day of the transfer window for his move back to France to be completed.
Khazri played a huge part in the club’s run to safety under Sam Allardyce but once Big Sam was replaced by David Moyes his future always seemed in doubt with the dour Scot clearly not trusting the 26-year-old, something echoed by Simon Grayson once he took over in the summer. His plight was summed up by being overtaken in the first team reckoning by academy product George Honeyman, with the local lad showing more desire and effort than a player who cost around £9m from Bordeaux.
It may not be the last we see of Khazri however, as it appears Stade Rennais do not have an option to buy him at the end of the loan deal.