Soccer – Mercato – OL
Posted on Oct 16th, 2020 at 3:30 pm by AD
During the last summer transfer window, Rudi Garcia could have lost both Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay. While his two strong men eventually stayed with OL, the French coach sent a strong message.
Rudi Garcia could have lost a lot this summer. Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay were very efficient last season and could have left OL during the last transfer market. Indeed, the French international would have caught the attention of PSG and Arsenal, while Barça would have liked to make the Dutch striker a worthy successor to Luis Suarez. Despite their best efforts, none of these clubs has managed to find common ground with Jean-Michel Aulas, President of OL. And as for Houssem Aouar, Arsenal didn’t want to exceed their cap, as Le 10 Sport exclusively told you. A financial problem that FC Barcelona would have encountered for Memphis Depay as well. Barça was badly affected by the coronavirus crisis and would not have had the resources to meet OL’s expectations.
“I’m very happy to be there, very proud to be a player and captain of Lyon”
At a press conference this Friday afternoon, Memphis Depay made it clear that he had digested his false start in Barça very well. “Let me start by saying that I am very happy to be here, very proud to be a player and captain of Lyon. I am a proud gamer. I think what you read in the media is not always true. I’m here, that’s the situation. It’s true that I had club interests, but it didn’t happen. This is not a normal situation as the transmission window was open longer than expected. It was weird, new to everyone. There are a lot of people talking during the transfer window, but I kept quiet because I wanted to stay focused, ”Memphis told Depay. Rudi Garcia, who was also present at a press conference, also returned to the canceled transfer of Memphis Depay. In addition, the orienteering coach mentioned the cases of Houssem Aouar and the other players who were announced as starters and eventually stayed.
“I’ve talked a lot with the players who could leave”
“I’ve talked a lot with the players who could leave. But everyone told me they were 100%. I was sure the players wanted to give their best, but these are worrying situations. It is good that the captain has come before you to hear his statements and state of mind. The players are not disturbed, I have no doubts, ”said Rudi Garcia.