Le Figaro: What if Rennes Found a New Modrić in Lovro Majer?

By 21 November 2021
Le Figaro: What if Rennes Found a New Modrić in Lovro Majer?
Slobodan Kadic

November 21, 2021 - Has Rennes found a new Luka Modrić in Lovro Majer? French daily Le Figaro weighs in. 

The oldest French daily Le Figaro published an inspiring story about Lovro Majer thanks to his brilliant form at Rennes. Recall, the young Croatian transferred to Rennes from Dinamo last summer and was the star of the Croatia national team against Malta, scoring two goals, reports

"Before the match against Lyon on November 7, Lovro Majer was not even on Zlatko Dalić's list for the last two World Cup qualifiers, but with his 4:1 victory, he forced the coach to invite him. The next day he flew from Brittany to prepare for Malta and Russia," begins Le Figaro's text entitled "What if Rennes found a new Luka Modrić?".

The French daily reminds that Majer started for Croatia for the first time on the right side of the attack and scored two goals with his right foot, even though he is left-footed. They also mentioned that Croatian media write about Maier in superlatives and compare him to captain Luka Modrić.

"As he develops alongside his idol, Majer intends to tie his name to Croatia in the long run," adds Le Figaro, and then briefly recounts his club career, from Posavina to Rennes.

Majer missed a month at the start of the season due to injury but enters the winter with a lot of physical freshness.

"He ran more than 13 kilometers against Mura in the Conference League. Those characteristics and technical qualities make him a playmaker," said Rennes coach Bruno Genesio and praised Majer's adaptability and versatility.

The French daily reminds that Majer wanted to go to Olympique Marseille last winter, but it was Rennes that brought him over for 12 million euro.

"I had other options, but Rennes' style of play prevailed. The French league is advancing every year and becoming more popular. I needed a new challenge and a change in life and career," Majer explained when signing a five-year contract with the club.

At the end of the text, the author explains that after playing against Lyon, the fans will remember Majer's name because it was nearly perfect. He guarded the ball, controlled the game, and participated in three of his team’s four goals. On the right side of the midfield, the young left-footer made the penultimate pass for each of those goals. After the game, he was praised by coach Genesio. But Majer still has only one goal - leaving a mark on the club and the national team.

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