Les Canaris show faith in Rongier

Nantes have shown their commitment to Valentin Rongier by handing the injured midfielder a new long-term contract at the Ligue 1 club.

The 21-year-old has not featured for Michel Der Zakarian’s side since rupturing a cruciate knee ligament in the 2-0 win at Caen on October 23.

However, Rongier, who scored his first goal for Les Canaris just the week prior to his injury, returned to training in January and is working his way back up to full fitness.

And the riverside outfit have continued to show faith in their youth product by offering him a new deal that will run until June 2020.

“It gives me great pleasure,” Rongier told the club’s official website upon signing. “I am injured and the club came to me to extend my contract – it’s a great gesture and a mark of confidence.

“The club want to build something strong and want me to be a part of it. That gives me strength to keep working.”

Der Zakarian added: “The injury has held Valentin back this season but he is a player for the future. His contract extension is great news.

“He has great quality and mentally, he has shown his desire to return to the top level.”