JOE RODON believes his career will take him to greater heights after moving across the English Channel.
The Tottenham and Wales defender, 24, has joined Ligue 1 club Rennes on a season-long loan with a view to completing a £20million deal next summer.
Rodon will follow in the footsteps of his compatriots David Beckham, Glenn Hoddle, Chris Waddle and Joey Barton to try and crack it in France.
There are currently eight British players playing in the French top flight and Rodon said: “It’s not that popular with British players.
“But I think coming over and playing in different leagues will only benefit you and help you grow as a player in your career.
“I’ve watched the league a couple of times. I expect it will be physical and technical. It’s a very strong league. I want to learn and I can’t wait to get started.”
Rodon was joined in France’s top flight by his Welsh team-mate Aaron Ramsey, who joined Nice after leaving Juventus.
The pair are hoping to win games ahead of the World Cup in November, but Rodon, with 28 caps and playing for Wales the same number of games – 10 – as for Spurs last season, knows he’s earning his place got to.
Rodon, who was unveiled on Wednesday, added: “You’re not given playing time.
“You have to work very hard and for that I’m willing to put my head down and work hard. Every player wants to play. First you have to work hard.”
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British players in France
- England – Karamoko Dembele – Brest
- Scotland – Charles Boli – Lens
- England – Angel Gomes – Lille
- England – Stephy Mavididi – Montpellier
- Wales – Aaron Ramsey – Nice
- Wales – Joe Rodon – Rennes
- England-Rhys Healey-Toulouse
- England – Levi Lumeka – Troyes
The centre-back played for Tottenham in their 2-2 Europa Conference League draw against new club Rennes last September but struggled to name one of the French side’s players in the pre-game press conference.
Rodon said: “Last year I didn’t know many (players) but now it’s different.
“I’ve had a few days with the team and it’s a talented young group.
“I’m getting to know them. They gave me a very warm welcome. I’m sure I’ll get to know them as the season progresses.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5922070/tottenham-joe-rodon-rennes-loan/ Joe Rodon joins Welsh team-mate Aaron Ramsey in the French league and Rennes’ relentless transfer will benefit his career