Considered a promising young talent at Olympique Lyonnais, Saël Kumbedi could have trained at Paris Saint-Germain. The right-back briefly attended the capital club, suddenly being rejected during his youth.
Given the richness of the pool, certain local talents escape Paris Saint-Germain. This is particularly the case of Saël Kumbedi who, after growing up in the Paris region, completed part of his training in Le Havre before landing in Olympique Lyonnais. No doubt a good pick for the Rhone club. The French champion, however, had the opportunity to train the right side. The French U19 international actually went through the Parisian academy at the time when he was playing much higher up the pitch.
⚽️ OL right-back, Saël Kumedi, talks about his career in the columns of the new issue of Onze Mondial. ⬇️ https://t.co/CgszVrzCXh
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« I started playing football in Épinay, from U6 to U10, then I joined PSGtold Saël Kumbedi to Onze Mondial magazine. My father dropped me off at training, otherwise, my brother accompanied me on transport, because it was far away. To sign for PSG, it was my mother who signed me up to do the scouting. And I did the job. At the time I was a striker, but as I liked to defend, they put me on the wing. Then my father said to me, “You need to go back again.” And I became a lateral. »
Kumbedi didn’t wait for PSG
The problem is that the Ile-de-France educators wanted to make him wait. “ At PSG, when you arrive at U13, the training center must choose two or three players from the association. I wasn’t chosen, but they told me: “Stay another year and next year, you will join the center.” I replied: “No, either you take me now or I’m leaving.” So, I went to Cosmo Taverny for a season before signing for Le Havre », recalled the Lyonnais, who has no reason to regret his journey.