According to Amiens sporting director John Williams, Rennes new-boy Serhou Guirassy snubbed a summer move to Chelsea.
West Ham, Tottenham and Crystal Palace were also interested in signing the former France Under-20 international.
“He refused to go to Chelsea during the last window,” Williams said of Guirassy’s departure during an interview with Le Parisien.
“Serhou made a sporting choice when he could earn more money with the London team.
“He wanted to continue in a club where he was sure to have some playing time and not relive an experience like the one in Cologne where he was a substitute.
“The choice fell on Rennes because coach Julien Stéphan assured him that he was counting on him.”