Healey “saw his future in the south of France” after Toulouse’s initial candidacy

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Russell Martin admitted he could not stand in the way of Rhys Healey after the striker heard about the interest of the French Ligue 2 team, Toulouse.

The 25-year-old leaves for the south of France as Dons’ top scorer last season, for what the Citizen sees as a lucrative contract.

With just under a week to go to the start of the new season, Dons boss Martin said he was disappointed to lose the forward, but the deal was too good for Dons and Healey himself. to refuse.

“We’re disappointed to lose Rhys,” Martin told mkdons.com. “He was obviously a huge player for us in the months leading up to the lockout, so I understand the frustration this news will bring – we are feeling it too.

“We didn’t have to sell Rhys in that window and we certainly didn’t want to either, but Toulouse’s interest has intensified in recent weeks to the point where he has expressed that he sees his future in the south. from France. We then worked hard, as a club and with the player, to get a much improved deal compared to their initial offer.

“Rhys is an ambitious young man and I’m sure he won’t mind to say that this is a movement that changes his life. As a club, we want to do good through our players, and he is certainly leaving in positive conditions and with all our best wishes.

Martin added: “What we are building is not about a single player, it’s a philosophy that runs through the team. This presents a new challenge for us, but part of our in-depth recruiting process is succession planning and that is what we are focusing on now.

“It’s up to us, over the next few weeks, to make sure we continue to build a squad that the fans will enjoy watching here at Stadium MK. We appreciate this challenge and look forward to the start of the season.

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