Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais have completed the signing of Belgium international Jason Denayer from defending Premier League champions Manchester City.
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) August 21, 2018
A statement from the club’s official website read: “Olympique Lyonnais is very pleased to announce the arrival of the Belgian international central defender of Manchester City, Jason Denayer, who has just signed a 4-year contract with OL.”
The reported fee for the transfer is €6.5 million which could reach up to €10 million with bonuses.
Jason Denayer began his career training with the Belgian club Lierse and later signed his first professional contract with English side Manchester City in 2013. The centre-back was loaned out to Celtic Glasgow, then to Galatasaray, Sunderland and again back to Galatasaray last season where he won the Turkish league. In his club career, Denayer has made 92 league appearances.
The 23-year-old has also earned 8 caps for the senior Belgium team and was a member of their Euro 2016 squad.
📝 Jason Denayer and Lyon have reached an agreement over a 4 year contract.
✅ Deal almost done. The Belgian defender (23) will leave Man City after six years. He never played for #mcfc in an official game. He was loaned out to Celtic, Sunderland & Galatasaray (2x).#mcfc pic.twitter.com/u9PCAOX8jT
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) August 20, 2018
Speaking to OLTV, Denayer said: “It gives me great pleasure to come and play in Lyon. After several attempts, this one will have been the good one. The club followed me for three seasons. This shows that the leaders really wanted me and they know my game perfectly. It’s an honor to play here.”
“I know that OL wants to figure well on all the tables and there will be beautiful competitions to play with the championship of France where the club aims the top level but also the national cups and of course the Champions League. I come with a lot of ambitions and the desire to help the team. I am here too to regain stability after the last four seasons on loan,” he added.
Lyon takes on Strasbourg in their next Ligue 1 fixture on Saturday, 25th August.