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Jean-Michel Aulas: "We've reached an agreement with Nice for the transfer of Myziane"

Published on 12 August 2018 at 5:43 PM
Jean-Michel Aulas : « On s’est mis d’accord avec Nice pour le transfert de Myziane »
Lyon's president spoke to OLTV following Sunday's season-opening win over Amiens.

First match, first win

It's good to start with a win. The beginning of the season is always stressful. Amiens made us suffer last year, they showed desire to play and were physically very strong. We can improve despite the absences of Nabil Fekir and Anthony Lopes. The players who replaced them held their own. But this is just the beginning, let's not get complacent. The coach has laid a solid foundation... We hope to continue this way in the next matches. Bruno Genesio is doing a very good job, not only tactically but from a collective point of view. He's very good at managing star players. We have three very high level players in the middle, but they can do even better.

The search for a central defender

We'll try to finalize what we had in mind. We need a central defender, even if Christopher Martins Pereira is a quality player. To go as far as possible, we must have a very high-level defender. We negotiated with Benfica for Ruben Dias, we're talking high sums of money. It's not an easy decision. The player wants to come. You have to convince the club. On Wednesday, we will have further discussions after their Champions League match. But we have two other candidates for this position. We're working behind the scenes for the opportunity to make a big move by the end of the transfer window.

Nabil, almost 100% with OL

As for Nabil Fekir, we have to wait until the end of the transfer window. All players want to join the big clubs, and Nabil has the same attitude as his former teammates. But he has a 95% chance of staying here. We saw the fans' love for him. Lyon is a big football town.

Myziane on his way to Nice

Contrary to what ​​Bruno and the staff wanted, we have reached an agreement to send Myziane to Nice for a transfer fee that's higher than we had originally imagined. He will have his medical exam tomorrow. There will be 30% return on a possible resale... If he becomes the player he's expected to be, it will be beneficial for OL. We gave him a chance, I hope he remembers that. Many people at the club wanted to keep him. The Board of Directors decided to let him go to Nice.

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