Who is Lesley Ugochukwu? The Rennes midfielder Arsenal and Spurs are chasing

Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith
  • Updated: 27 Mar 2022 12:01 BST
  • 4 min read
Lesley Ugochukwu, Rennes, 2021/22
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Stade Rennais have a habit of producing young, French central midfielders and they've done it again.

Eduardo Camavinga was the shining light of their academy and joined Real Madrid following a few breakout years at Rennes, and the club seem to have done it once more.

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This time the player's name is Lesley Ugochukwu, but who is he?

What position does Lesley Ugochukwu play?

Ugochukwu plays as a central midfielder, but can also operate at centre-back.

How good is Lesley Ugochukwu?

Ugochukwu is the next big thing to come from Rennes' academy which is a huge accomplishment given the talent they produce.

Despite only just turning 18, he has already played 20 times for Rennes' first-team, and is becoming a regular in the squad. He scored his first goal for the club in the 5-0 win over St Etienne in December, and already looks like an immense talent.

He made his senior debut just one month after turning 17, which shows the belief Rennes have in his ability. Ugochukwu is a French U18 international, and provided an assist in their recent game against Germany's U18s.

Last season, he made his first Ligue 1 start against PSG, due to Camavinga and Steven Nzonzi being unavailable, and he more than held his own.

Former Rennes director Landry Chauvin previously compared Ugochukwu to French legend Marcel Desailly, with his belief than his career would be as either a centre-back or a defensive midfielder. However, his attacking endeavour has impressed since stepping up to senior football, so midfield looks like his permanent home.

What clubs are interested in Lesley Ugochukwu?

L'Equipe have reported that both Arsenal and Tottenham are huge admirers of the player. The North London sides are said to have been following him for a number of weeks, with a view to making an offer this summer.

Arsenal reportedly see Ugochukwu as a Patrick Vieira-type figure, but Tottenham also see a great future ahead for him.

Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund are also interested and could provide competition for his signature.

When does Lesley Ugochukwu's contract expire?

This is a potentially crucial factor in the hunt for Ugochukwu. His contract at Rennes doesn't expire until 30 June, 2024.

How old is Lesley Ugochukwu?

Ugochukwu was born on 26 March 2004. He is 18 years old.

What height is Lesley Ugochukwu?

Ugochukwu is 6ft2in, or around 188cm.

What weight is Lesley Ugochukwu?

Ugochukwu weighs 72kg, or around 11 stone.

Lesley Ugochukwu, Rennes, 2021/22
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What football boots does Lesley Ugochukwu wear?

Ugochukwu wears Nike Phantom GT Elite 2 soccer cleats in 2021/22.

What is Lesley Ugochukwu's Instagram?

Ugochukwu's Instagram account has 14k followers as of March, 2022.

Who is Lesley Ugochukwu's girlfriend?

Ugochukwu is not currently dating anyone publicly.

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