French news website Ouest-france.fr has just announced that Kevin Le Roux, who had his contract with Russian club Dynamo Moscow rescinded, has signed with French club Rennes until the end of the 2017-18 season. The club is currently in 11th place out of 12 teams in the French Championship with a 2-9 record.
The 28-year-old 6”’0″ Frenchman has over 100 caps with the French national team, and was a double winner of the World League (2015, 2017), and a 2015 European Champion. He will be returning to his home-country after 5 years abroad. Here is what he had to say about the signing and his return to France on an interview posted on Lequipe.fr:
It’s a little surprising, I know. These last days have been a bit hectic for me but I’m happy to be able to bounce back so fast in a club that I know well, even though I have never played for it. I will evolve in front of my friends, my family. It’s going to make me crazy. I wanted to please myself too after a few delicate months in Moscow. There, the coach changed at the beginning of the season, I injured my back and I struggled to get treatment, and finally the leaders told me they did not like my volleyball. So, we agreed and bye-bye. Many of my friends are happy with my choice and a lot of guys from the French national team sent me messages to encourage me. I feel that I will be good here. This story will end well. My spirits are already focused on the team’s first trip next Saturday to Montpellier.
Le Roux’s time in Russia was filled with controversy, as after joining the team as one of its biggest additions this summer from Italian side Modena, he played in only 9 matches in the Russian SuperLeague. He then suffered a back injury that saw him having to return to France for treatment. There were speculations that Kevin’s injury was a result of over-training or overload on the players by the club’s then coach Yuri Marichev, which was enough for club officials to part ways with the experienced coach.