Where is Théo Chendri, the former French star of Masia and Barça?


A shooting star. For Théo Chendri, everything happened very quickly. Trained in Aussonne, the young player defended the colors of Colomiers. This is where he was spotted by FC Barcelona in 2014. The Blaugranas did everything to get him to cross the Pyrenees. They didn’t really need to work hard to convince him since the Frenchman didn’t hesitate to join them after having done a few tries. But quickly, he experienced the first difficulties. Indeed, FIFA had tapped the fingers of the Camp Nou residents since they had not respected the rules for recruiting underage footballers for a dozen players. Théo Chendri, aged 15 and a half when he arrived, was one of them.

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A Frenchman at La Masia

As a European, he had to wait until he was 16 before playing at Barça. President at the time of his former club, US Colomiers, Ahmed Aït-Ali returned to his case in the columns of 20 minutes. “His mother found work there, he followed her, and he took a normal license. All the English clubs, many clubs in Spain, and even the French clubs, do the same thing (…) In France, nobody had watched it. Toulouse? His style does not interest them. Real Madrid had sent him a contract. There was Lyon. They attacked because a youngster was taken from them, when they did not know him at all. After three months without playing, the player born in 97, flattered by the interest of the Culés, was finally able to live his dream.

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Integrated into Barça B during the 2015-16 season, he had only played one game with the reserve. At the same time, he had also trained with the professional group. A great moment as he told us during a long interview he gave us in 2017. “There are a lot of memories. But perhaps the most significant was my first practice with the pros. It was the first time I trained with Messi, Neymar, Iniesta, etc… It was something!” But it didn’t go any further for Théo Chendri. In 2016, he left FCB after just four years and never having played with the pros.

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Several complicated experiences since leaving Barça

Despite everything, he wanted to keep only the positive. “It was a hell of an experience. An extraordinary experience. I entered La Masia, I was 15, I was a young teenager. I came out of it last year when I was 19 and feeling more mature. I went from living with my mother to living alone. I grew up there. I have great memories of it. If I had to make that choice again, I would do it again without hesitation.” After that, Chendri returned to the country. He signed a 3-year contract with FC Nantes with the aim of playing with the reserve team before having his chance with the professional team. But with the B team, he did not have the expected playing time (3 goals in 39 appearances between 2016 and 2019).

He told us at the time: “My situation does not suit me. I need game time, to play and show who I am. I don’t think I’m in my place right now, because I’m doing good training. I aspire to play at a higher level. I continue to work to have my chance. Between injuries and lack of playing time, he decided to look elsewhere for the 2019 winter transfer window after terminating his contract. Direction Denmark and the second division for Chendri. A daring choice, but assumed by the player who had announced his new club on his personal social networks.

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Chendri evolves in Spanish D4 now

“I signed with Fremad Amager in Denmark. Thank you to the club for its trust. I’m very happy to be here and in a hurry to demonstrate on the pitch!!” The former Barça star played 10 games in his first season (1 goal). In his second year, he played 18 games in all competitions, alternating between starts and appearances. After a few months without a club, he returned to Spain in January 2021. He joined the club from Formentera in the Tercera Division, but without playing. Then he started getting playing time the following season, in 2021-22 in Segunda B. Chendri had been used 29 times. Time to score a goal.

In the summer of 2022, new change for Théo Chendri. Indeed, he signed in favor of Badajoz, in Primera Federacion (D3). But after six months and 13 games, he changed his tune again in January. Direction this time Zamora in Segunda Federacion, the fourth Spanish division. Not enough to discourage the Frenchman who came to help the club. Zamora’s Opinion sees in him moreover “the missing piece of the team”. Appeared 5 times, he has played 3 as a starter so far. Time to collect a red card (February 18 against Compostela) and score a goal. It was March 11 against Langreo (2-0). Far from Barcelona, ​​Théo Chendri tries to trace his route, he who has already known 6 clubs at 25 years old. But football has taught us that it’s never too late to break through!

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