Speaking at the unveiling of Corentin Tolisso, Lyon general director Vincent Ponsot notably discussed the club’s attempts at signing Dutch left-back Tyrell Malacia, who looks set to join Manchester United instead.
His words transcribed in RMC Sport, Ponsot indicated that Malacia did not sign as he did not want to “endanger” the club and to preserve its integrity in the face of certain demands included in the transfer, although he did not discuss the specific details.
“If we don’t have the means to recruit, we can’t bring in players of that level, generally speaking, whatever their love for Lyon might be. So it’s not a case of having the means. But I’m going to be very clear: the institution is always stronger than any player. Sometimes there are demands – that’s how it is in the world of football – that can’t be made. It’s true that it can sometimes collapse deals. But we want a left-back, and we’ll find a good left-back.”
“I think the president [Jean-Michel Aulas] is happy to be able to sleep soundly at night and not see the police show up in the morning. Likewise for me. I can’t say everything. It should have been signed on Tuesday – it’s still not been completed, ask yourself that question.”
“He still hasn’t signed, but for us it’s over. Because the club’s integrity is more important. We’re proud to be working for a club like this.”
Jean-Michel Aulas also discussed Manchester United’s improved offer:
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“I was reading this morning that [the club] which made additional offers had the same difficulties as us to get the deal over the line. Which means that maybe it’s not such an easy transfer to complete.”