Free since leaving Valencia, Kevin Gameiro joined his training club in Strasbourg, 13 years after leaving it. The French international has signed a two-year contract.
“Thirteen years later, I want to give this club back everything it gave me.” Kevin Gameiro is officially back home. At 34, the French center forward returns to his training club, while he was free since leaving Valencia at the end of last season. The former Parisian had not played in Ligue 1 since 2013.
While his name had circulated for a while on the side of OM, it is finally in Strasbourg that Kevin Gameiro will try to relaunch his career, he who comes out of a season term in La Liga (10 starts, 4 goals). The center-forward signed a two-year contract in Alsace. His last match under the Strasbourg colors dates back to May 2008, with a total of 67 matches for 16 goals scored. “It was time to come back,” he said in Racing’s statement.
“Here, I was taught to be small before becoming big”
“This region has made me the footballer and especially the man that I am, explains the player in the video presentation of his new club. Like so many others, I had dreams in my head when I arrived. I was taught to be small before becoming big. On September 10, 2005, I wear the colors of my training club for the first time on a Ligue 1. A few weeks later, I discovered the Meinau, a stadium with thousands of supporters dressed in blue and white. This 12th man who pushes to surpass himself and give the best of himself. Thirteen years later, I want to relive that. “
The French international (13 caps, 3 goals) had left his training club for Lorient where he exploded at the highest level, which opened the doors of PSG to him. The arrival of QSI and too much competition at his post pushed him to Spain, where he played in Sevilla, Atlético de Madrid and therefore Valencia.
Keller: “He’s coming home to bring all the weight of his experience and an exceptional career”
“This is the return of a child from the club, from the Academy, rejoices President Marc Keller. He is coming home to bring all the weight of his experience and an exceptional career. Racing’s project to structure itself, to professionalize, to grow. It is also Kévin’s ambition which proves his attachment to Racing and his desire to participate in this project. His return will make all Racing supporters happy. “
Strasbourg buckles here its third reinforcement of weight after the arrivals of Lucas Perrin and Jean-Eudes Aholou on loan. But the club coached by Julien Stéphan will start to stack the numbers 9, since there is already talent alongside Kevin Gameiro with Ludovic Ajorque, Habib Diallo and Lebo Mothiba.