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Jason Denayer: "I'm proud and honored to become an Olympique Lyonnais player"

Published on 21 August 2018 at 11:16 AM
Jason Denayer : « je suis très fier et honoré de devenir un joueur de l’Olympique Lyonnais »
The now former Manchester City defender has committed his future to Lyon through 2022. After signing a four-yeaer contract, the 23-year-old Belgian international gave his first interview to OLTV.

Jason, how does it feel to join Olympique Lyonnais?
It gives me great pleasure to come and play for Lyon. After several attempts, this time was the charm. The club followed me for three seasons. This shows that they really wanted me and they know my game perfectly. It's an honor to play here.

What are your personal and collective ambitions here?

I know that OL want to do well on all fronts. There will be a beautiful competition in the French championship, where the club wants to finish as high as possible, but also the domestic cups and, of course, the Champions League. I come with lots of ambition and the desire to help the team. I am here too to regain stability after spending the last four seasons on loan.


What are your first impressions of the club after undergoing physical exams today?

Upon arriving at the stadium and the training center, you can immediately sense that the club has first-rate facilities. OL shouldn't envy any other club in this respect. I already knew Groupama Stadium after travelling here with Belgium for a match against Italy during Euro 2016. Lyon seem to do everything possible to provide the best conditions for their players.


Do you know any of the players in the squad?

No, not personally, but I've watched many OL games on television. I can't wait to get to know my new teammates and start defending my new colors.


What's your first message to the OL fans?

I want to tell them that we will do great things together ... Let me repeat: I am very proud and honored to become an Olympique Lyonnais player. Allez Les Gones!




Florian Maurice (OL head of recruitment) :


Jason's transfer sped up last week. He's a player that we know well because we followed him for three years. This time, Manchester City have agreed to give him to us. He is going to be valuable for the team because he's fast, is solid in 1v1s and can clear the ball properly. He's still a young player but has loads of experience. He's just been crowned Turkish champion with Galatasaray and has also proven himself in the Premier League. He wanted to embark on a new adventure and here we have the means to get him into the Belgian national team.