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Yoann Gourcuff agrees one-year deal at Rennes

Yoann Gourcuff has agreed a contract with Rennes.

Rennes have agreed a one-year deal to sign Yoann Gourcuff, club president Rene Ruello has confirmed.

Former France international Gourcuff, 29, has been without a club since his contract at Lyon expired over the summer and the playmaker has been working on his own as he targets a return from injury.

Rennes boss Philippe Montanier said last week that the player was likely to return to his first club and on Monday the club revealed that an agreement had been reached.

Speaking on French radio station RTL, Ruello said Gourcuff would join the club for the rest of the season as soon as he has returned to full fitness.

"Yoann will be a Rennes player this season -- for one year," Ruello said. "At the moment he's recovering from stress fractures, which are genuine and are in a bad place because they're underneath the arch of his foot.

"That will take a bit of time but he's on the right track all the same and is getting better and better. As soon as that problem is sorted out, he'll be on the pitch with us to train and to play."

Gourcuff started out at Rennes before leaving for AC Milan nine years ago. He then moved on to Bordeaux and in 2009 helped them win Ligue 1 for the first time in 10 years.

Gourcuff's five years at Lyon were plagued by injuries but Ruello says he is confident that he will rediscover his form.

"He's an intelligent guy who's been well educated and who is a very good footballer," he said. "We're very happy to have him and so are the squad, who incidentally asked for him to come."

Rennes are currently enjoying their best start to a season since 1950. The Brittany outfit have won four of their first five matches to sit in second place in Ligue 1, just one point behind defending champions Paris Saint-Germain.


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