Thiago Mendes: "I want to bring the fans joy"
"I'm happy to wear this shirt. I want to bring the fans joy. I'll do my best to win trophies and be always at the top of my game. Every player dreams of playing for a big team like OL. I believe in Sylvinho and Juninho's project. I will be involved. I can play several positions. I can improve in all areas. I will continue in this progression. The price of this transfer is an additional responsibility. The truth will be on the pitch."
"The operation for Thiago was finalized after many discussions. Youssouf Koné will arrive as well. He will be introduced after undergoing his physical. We are very happy to welcome him to Lyon. He's a great player who matches the profile of the player we were looking for. I've always been in love with Brazil. His arrival is not related to Tanguy Ndombele's departure. We organize ourselves in order to compete at the highest level."
"Thiago matched the profile we were seeking. He's a player with a lot of experience who already knows Ligue 1, having played two seasons at Lille, and was followed by several clubs. We therefore asked the President to speed up his signing. It's important that he participates in the preseason. His strength is his versatility. He can play in front of the defense or a little higher."
"He's a player we followed since arriving in Europe... He wasn't signed only because he's Brazilian. He also has experience."