Moussa Dembélé: "I was determined to come to OL"
I'm glad to be here. Thank you to the president and to OL for believing in me, for trusting in me. I definitely wanted to come to OL. Celtic needed to find a replacement before finalizing the deal. I was determined to come to Lyon… It was hard. I gave everything and in the end, it paid off. OL are a big club, a historic club that will make me improve as a player. Their project suits me and we will do a great job together. Everyone knows that OL know how to develop attackers… I play with a lot of the Lyon guys with the France U21s. They all told me to come ... I'm a goal scorer, it's my main characteristic. But I can also put myself in service of the collective… Pressure is a part of football, you have to know how to deal with it.
It's a real pleasure. I want to thank him because he has talent and showed determination to come here. Without that, this wouldn’t have happened. The club has a financial strength that is recognized throughout Europe. Sometimes you have to use it. It's a five-year contract. It happened very late last night. We had to be flexible and smart to seal the negotiations and reach an agreement with Celtic. I am personally very happy... I am satisfied and confident. We did a great job. If you don’t know how to sell well, you can’t buy. At the start of the transfer window, we were planning on buying two major players that I saw during the World Cup. We are still in contact with one. It didn’t happen because Nabil Fekir stayed.
He fits the profile of a player that we didn’t have on our team. He’s a real 9. We will need him, especially in the Champions League. His desire to come to the club impressed me. Judging by our first conversations, it’s clear he wants to participate in this project. It’s important that the player is convinced of the project… He can play alone up front but also with another attacker at his side. It gives me more options... We are satisfied with the transfer window because we signed a central defender and an attacker to replace Mariano. Our only regret is Nicolas Pepe, but we can’t do anything about that.
He has proven himself with the French U21s and with Celtic. He's a classic 9. He's very skillful in front of goal, both with his feet and his head. He's the kind of player we were looking for.