Mercato Mercato: “my leaders told me that Gusto and Cherki would finish the season with Lyon”, assures Laurent Blanc

Mercato Mercato: “my leaders told me that Gusto and Cherki would finish the season with Lyon”, assures Laurent Blanc

Laurent Blanc, OL coach was at a press conference this Friday before the trip to AC Ajaccio on Sunday. More than this match of the 20th day of L1, it is the restless transfer window that Lyon, 9th in L1, has been experiencing in recent days, which has been discussed. “I wouldn’t say that I am the decision-maker, because the achievements are not me, but I have been asked from the start, yes…”, specified Blanc.

The Malo Gusto files, requested by Chelsea and Rayan Cherki, which arouses the interest of PSG, were mentioned. Laurent Blanc was rather firm. “As soon as I lose players that I want to keep, I don’t like it. We want to keep our best players. Afterwards, if they are approached by big teams with proposals that make your head spin… you have to understand that. But you have to be pragmatic and show authority. Did I have guarantees on these two? Yes, my managers told me that the two would finish the season with Lyon. »

In the evening, Lyon and Chelsea reached an agreement for Malo Gusto. The Espoirs international will be loaned to OL until the end of the season before joining Chelsea.

The Lyon coach also returned to the departure of Karl Toko Ekambi for Rennes and the possible arrival of Wilson Isidor (Lokomotiv Moscow, ex-Monaco, Bastia-Borgo).

“Karl’s departure was not planned in the movement of the winter transfer window. Don’t ask me why he left… The context was very difficult for him, you know that. I want to replace starts, but to lighten the locker room, that doesn’t bother me. Do (Ellyes) Skhiri and (Wilson) Isidor interest me? Yes. At the start of the transfer window, I indicated directions. A central defender, because of the youth, what we did with Dejan (Lovren). And a player in the middle who breaks the opposing actions a bit and is good with his feet. I did not change. And afterwards, you have to govern according to the elements of the transfer window, and in this case, you have to compensate for Karl’s departure. Isidor, that could be a solution, it may not be the only one. »


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