Rennes drop Escude
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The French Under-21 international has fallen out-of-favour at the club and has been forced to train alone after declaring his desire to leave for Old Trafford.
United have held talks with Escude and the player is determined to seal his dream move to England although Rennes are stubbornly refusing to do any deal.
Rennes coach Philippe Bergeroo insists that the defender is no longer in his plans for the first team.
"There is even no question. Toward the group, it is logical I don't reintegrate him," said Bergeroo. "I only keep motivated people.
"The player banned himself. I consider he is injured. So we are aware we will have to manage without him for a long time.
"I just hope the club will remain firm. If we give up, perhaps Sorlin will leave tomorrow, and why not our keeperÇª I didn't come here to lose my best players.
"On quantitative level, it is necessary to replace each player that leaves.
"For the moment, Julien is part of Stade Rennais and I hope he will remain here."
Rennes captain Dominique Arribage admitted he would be sad to see Escude leave.
"Of course we will miss him. Everyone knows he is a good player. But when Manchester United knock at the door, it is a beautiful opportunity," said Arribage.
"Now, I hope the situation will clarify quickly, we will get a complete group, with players with the same aim in mind."
Meanwhile, Rennes goalkeeper Fabien Debec has returned to the club after his trial at Coventry.
Debec has been told he is surplus to requirements at Rennes and free to leave if he gets the right offer.
Coventry are on the look-out for a new goalkeeper having lost Magnus Hedman to Celtic and they could be ready to make a move for Debec after he impressed during his spell at the club.