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Montreal Impact reunited with former CB Rod Fanni

The former France international center back has not played since October 2018.

Sep 1, 2018; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Impact defender Rod Fanni (15) celebrates his goal against the New York Red Bulls with teammates during the first half at Stade Saputo. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

MONTREAL — Former Montreal Impact center back Rod Fanni has returned to the club.

The Impact have agreed to a new contract with Fanni, who was part of Montreal’s backline last season, according to TVA Sports’ Vincent Destouches. The former France international was spotted at Centre Nutrilait, the Impact’s training ground, in team uniform Monday afternoon.

“We know the importance that Rod has on the team, not only on the field but also off it,” Bacary Sagna said after training Monday. “He is someone with a physical presence and he brings a lot to the squad. He did in the past and now he’s one more defensive solution.”

Head coach Wilmer Cabrera admitted the club had contacted Fanni prior to his recent hiring. The former Marseille player has been training with the Impact in the past few days, according to TVA’s Frederic Lord. 

“That was something that the club was working before I arrived, so I have to wait to see,” Cabrera said about Fanni playing in the near term. “My energy and my thought is with the players that are available. I don’t spend my energy on that ones that aren’t available because I cannot control that.”

Sagna, Fanni’s neighbor in Montreal, is confident the new addition will help the squad even at the age of 37.

“Already last year he was at a 34-kilometres-per-hour speed, so at his age he is someone that is athletic and hold a healthy lifestyle,” Sagna said. “Of course he will need two weeks to get ready, maybe a bit more or a bit less, but he’s someone that’s ready.”

Fanni first signed with Montreal in March 2018 and started all 26 games he played. The Impact declined his option following the 2018 season, and he hasn’t played a competitive game since Oct. 28. 

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